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Santiago de Compostela

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. 

  • The Mazarelos Arch

    The Mazarelos Arch

    The last remaining gateway of the old mediaeval city walls, where wine was brought in from the Ulla and O Ribeiro areas.

  • Chapel of As Ánimas

    Chapel of As Ánimas

     Neoclassic church, designed by Ferro Caaveiro and subsequently reformed by Ventura Rodríguez. Includes sculpted groups in terracotta.



  • Casa da Parra

    Casa da Parra

    Seventeenth century building with exuberant plant designs (grapevines) carved in stone on the façade.

  • Casa do Cabido

    Casa do Cabido

    Eighteenth century Baroque design, created as a narrow façade to close off the Praterías Square.

  • Casa do Deán

    Casa do Deán

    Baroque palace from the eighteenth century. Today serves as the Pilgrims' Welcome Centre.

  • Casa dos Cóengos

    Casa dos Cóengos

    Created to close off the Quintana Square. Built in the seventeenth century, it has fine arcades and chimneys. Created by Domingo Antonio de Andrade and Casas e Novoa.

  • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    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

  • The Obradoiro façade

    The Obradoiro façade

    (1750) A masterpiece of Compostelan Baroque style, by Casas e Novoa.





  • The Romanesque Pórtico da Gloria

    The Romanesque Pórtico da Gloria

    Built in 1188.

  • The Praterías façade

    The Praterías façade

    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.


  • The Acibechería façade

    The Acibechería façade

    (From the transition between the Baroque and Neoclassic styles, in 1765), presided by a sculpture of St. James the Pilgrim, by the Italian sculptor Gambino

  • The Holy Door

    The Holy Door

    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'.

  • Collegiate church of Santa María a Maior e Real de Sar

    Collegiate church of Santa María a Maior e Real de Sar

    A twelfth-century Romanesque structure. Its most imposing features are the inclined columns supporting the naves. Also includes a fine cloister

  • Fonseca College

    Fonseca College

     A Renaissance building completed in 1532, with a beautiful covered cloister.

  • College of San Clemente

    College of San Clemente

     A Renaissance building from the early sixteenth century.

  • Convent of As Mercedarias

    Convent of As Mercedarias

    Baroque structure from the seventeenth century. Includes fine reliefs on the façade, with a scene from the Annunciation.



  • Convento de San Domingos de Bonaval

    Convento de San Domingos de Bonaval

    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.

  • Convento of San Francisco

    Convento of San Francisco

    The present-day building dates from the sixteenth century, although some Gothic section remain, particulary the cloister.

  • Convent of San Paio de Antealtares

    Convent of San Paio de Antealtares

    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.

  •  Convent of Santa Clara

    Convent of Santa Clara

    Baroque building from the seventeenth century, with an eighteenth century façade.

  • Convent of Santo Agostiño

    Convent of Santo Agostiño

    Seventeenthcentury Baroque building. The left-hand tower was destroyed by a bolt of lightning in the eighteenth century. The right-hand tower is incomplete

  • Hostal dos Reis Católicos

    Hostal dos Reis Católicos

    The former Royal Hospital, founded by the Catholic King and Queen in 1492. Façade in 'Plateresque' style from 1511. Today used as a state-run Parador hotel.

  • Church of San Fiz de Solovio

    Church of San Fiz de Solovio

    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.

  • Church of Santa María do Camiño

    Church of Santa María do Camiño

    Seventeenth-century structure over a previous Romanesque church. Contains the Virgin of Belén.

  • Church of Santa María Salomé

    Church of Santa María Salomé

    Contains an impressive combination of styles: a Romanesque portal, sixteenth-century porch, Baroque exterior and eighteenth-century belltower.

  • Convent of San Martiño Pinario

    Convent of San Martiño Pinario

    Former Benedictine convent, the largest in Galicia. Enormous building constructed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

  • Pazo de Bendaña

    Pazo de Bendaña

    One of the large urban mansions found in Santiago, built in the eighteenth century.

  • Pazo de Raxoi

    Pazo de Raxoi

    A neoclassic building from the late eighteenth century. Contains the town hall and the central offices of the Xunta, Galicia's regional government.

  • Pazo de San Xerome

    Pazo de San Xerome

    Includes a magnificent fifteenth century portal. Contains the Dean's Office of the university.

  • Pazo de Xelmírez

    Pazo de Xelmírez

    Twelfth century civil building in Romanesque style, one of the few remaining examples in Spain.

  • Pórtico da Gloria

    Pórtico da Gloria

    Built by Mestre Mateo, completed in 1188. The crowning glory of Romanesque sculpture, designed as a porchway with three arches.

  • Quintana Square

    Quintana Square

    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.

  • Modern University

    Modern University

    Eighteenth-century building with additional structure added in the nineteenth century. Currently contains the Faculty of Geography and History.

Do not miss...


  • Cubiertas de la Catedral

Visitors to Santiago should not miss the opportunity to explore the roof of the Cathedral. This visit was already recommended in the mediaeval Calixtine Codex as the best way of appreciating its splendid beauty. We are also offered magnificent views over most of the historic centre and new part of the city, as well as the surrounding area, from Mount Pedroso to Mount O Gozo, making it an exceptional lookout point. 

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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