The Naked Pilgrim

The Naked Pilgrim

Brian Sewell, Britain's most famous and best-loved art critic and historian, makes the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. His remarkable journey is at turns moving and hilarious.
6 Episodes
The Naked Pilgrim - Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

On horseback now, Brian arrives at the end of his pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, in time for the climactic celebrations of St James's day.
23mins
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The Naked Pilgrim - Burgos, Fromista, Leon

Burgos, Fromista, Leon

The Camino de Santiago has now taken Brian deep into northern Spain. He explores the role of St James as Matamoros ('Moor-slayer') while puzzling over the highly fretted interior of Burgos cathedral.
21mins
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The Naked Pilgrim - Roncesvalles, Bermeo, Guernica, Bilbao

Roncesvalles, Bermeo, Guernica, Bilbao

Brian crosses the Pyrenees on the Camino de Santiago and passes from France into northern Spain. Hurrying through Navarre and rather regretting a choppy fishing trip, he finally finds refuge in the stunning Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao.
24mins
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The Naked Pilgrim - Bordeaux, Poitiers, Lourdes

Bordeaux, Poitiers, Lourdes

What does one do in Bordeaux? One drinks too much red wine of course; never let it be said that Brian Sewell is afraid of cliche. In Poitiers the relic-ante is upped once again, and then Brian takes a detour to the great pilgrimage site, Lourdes.
24mins
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The Naked Pilgrim - Chartres, Pons, Orleans

Chartres, Pons, Orleans

Brian begins the official pilgrimage route through northern France, stopping to visit cathedrals at Chartres and Orleans, pondering the significance of holy relics in Christian history.
25mins
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The Naked Pilgrim - Paris

Paris

The pilgrimage begins in Paris, where Brian's attention is caught by the stained glass in the Sainte Chapelle, Byzantinesque architecture at the Sacre-Coeur and the 'point zero' of the Camino de Santiago outside Notre Dame Cathedral.
23mins
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