World Heritage Site since 1985, for centuries Santiago de Compostela has attracted visitors and pilgrims from all over the world. It is Galicia's most cosmopolitan city, but it takes it in a matter-of-fact way, which is why from the very beginning you feel like you are a part of it.
Here you have everything.
In the history quarter, the Cathedral and Pórtico de la Gloria. Symbolic squares such the Obradoiro, Quintana and O Toural. Dozens of churches, convents and palaces. Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. And stores, bars, restaurants and a lovely food market overflowing with fresh goods. Also, in the city centre, the tree-lined avenue (alameda) with its camellia trees and the Paseo de la Herradura promenade that offers a wonderful view of the cathedral. And at the edge of the Sar river, the church Colegiata de Santa María and its imposing inclined columns.
Santiago is wonderful. And that is how it makes you feel.
Work started on its construction in 1075, over the foundations of previously existing buildings. The naves and ambulatory (the oldest part of the cathedral) were built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
A Romanesque structure dating from 1103, with a double portal supported by eleven columns with triple archivolts and extensive iconography, considered as one of the most interesting works in the Romanesque style.
In the Quintana Square, with a combination of Barroque elements and Romanesque sculptures relocated from the former choir, only open during holy years, and through which pilgrims may obtain the 'Jubilee'.
Dates from the thirteen century, although most of the remaining structure is from the fourteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Now used as the Museum of the Galician People and contain the pantheon of Illustrious Galicians.
Founded by Alfonso II after the discovery of the Apostle's remains. The current building dates from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Contains the Museum of Religious Art.
On the site of where the hermit Paio once lived, who alerted the Bishop Teodomiro to the presence of the Apostle's tomb. The current church dates from the eighteenth century, with a thirteenth-century Romanesque portal.
Majestic square divided into two spaces differentiated by a stone staircase: the "Quintana de Vivos" (of the living) and the "Quintana de Mortos" (of the dead). Opening onto the square is the seventeenth-century Holy Door, decorated with Romanesque statues from the old choir built by Mestre Mateo. Completed with the figures of St. James and his disciples in 1694.
From above, Santiago becomes easier to understand, becoming at once more true to life and more mythical. On the roof we may see the Cruz dos Farrapos, under which mediaeval pilgrims burned their old walking clothes, in a type of ritual of purification. It is also the perfect location to see the different constructive stages of the cathedral and the different architectural styles used until achieving the exquisite final result.
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