HOSPITAL REAL

Civil
290
On the Way of St. James

Location

Praza do Obradoiro 1

15705  Santiago de Compostela - A Coruña

Coordinates:
42º 52' 51.9" N - 8º 32' 44.9" W

Description

Since 1954 it has housed the Parador Nacional de Turismo "Hostal dos Reis Católicos". The Catholic Monarchs ordered the construction of this pilgrims´ hospital, built by Enrique Egas, in 1501. The design was composed of a Latin-cross ogival chapel with the vault supported by pilasters decorated with the apostles in the blazing style, and on whose sides two courtyards opened out flanked by the quarters for men and women. They are both substituted by the Renaissance courtyards of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. The head space was occupied in the 18th century with two new courtyards, forming the present ground plan of Greek cross with four courtyards. The Plateresque facade (1519, French masters Guillén Colás and Martín Bas) is conceived as a stone altarpiece with an iconological message which is explained by the objective of providing clean, healthy lodgings for pilgrims. In 1678, Fray Tomás Alonso refurbished the Renaissance facade by adding a large balcony resting on large profusely-decorated corbels and three new windows.
The chapel was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1912 and the whole building was declared one in 1931.

Access

Town centre. Historic old quarter.

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route
Portiguese Route by coast
The English Camino
The Fistera-Muxía Camino
The French Camino
The Northern Camino
The Primitive Camino
The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla
The Winter Camino
Vía de la Plata

Statement

Good of Cultural Interest
Arriba
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