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  • The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela dates almost entirely from the period of the 11C to the early 13C, although the so-called Façade do Obradoiro is a richly sculpted Baroque masterpiece. In the narthex is the Pórtico da la Gloria, with its excep..

  • 2 Praza do Obradoiro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The square, named after the cathedral façade which is known as the "work of gold", is the historical heart of Santiago. Its four sides are lined by impressive buildings erected over 700 years in various styles: Baroque, the façade of the ca..

  • The visit starts with a lapidary museum (Maestro Mateo's Romanesque coro (choir) pieced together after digs, including the horses of the Wise Men); then you proceed to the large cloister (early 16C) combining a Gothic structure and a plateresque deco..

  • 4 Praza da Quintana Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The famous Plaza de la Quintana stands at the foot of the cathedral. In its lower section, it is bordered by the former Casa de la Canónica (Canon's Residence), with its simple and well-arranged arcades. Opposite, note the Puerta del Perdón (Door of ..

  • 5 Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The old town of Santiago combines medieval architecture, Renaissance rationale and Baroque theatricality. It is a delight to wander around this surprisingly harmonious blend, exploring the maze of narrow streets abounding in old houses and little squ..

  • 6 Rías Bajas Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Rías Bajas without doubt shows Galicia's cheeriest side. Ría de Muros y Noia, Ría de Pontevedra, Ría de Vigo and Ría de Arousa are good for touring and offer everything you could want. In season, holiday-makers, mostly Spanish, feast their eyes o..

  • 7 Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Hotel of the Catholic Kings, founded by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabelle of Castile as an inn and hospital for pilgrims, is today a national parador. The façade is impressively large and has a magnificent plateresque portal.

  • 8 Rúa do Vilar Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    In the old town of Santiago de Compostela, the arcades and old Renaissance, Baroque and neo-Classical-style houses lend Rua do Vilar a certain charm. You will find the Dean's House here (Casa do Déan), nowadays the pilgrim welcome office. Rua Nova, w..

  • 9 Monastery of San Martin Pinario Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Praza de San-Martiño-Pinario, s/n

    San Martín Pinario Monastery and Church, from the late 16C, make up Santiago de Compostela's second largest monument after the cathedral; the monastery alone occupies 20 000m2! Giving onto Plaza de la Inmaculada, it has a colossal façade with sturdy ..

  • 10 Museo de Pobo Galego Interesting

    Museums and art

    San-Domingos-de-Bonaval

    The Museum of the People of Galicia give an overview of Galician culture that rests on its diversity. It is arranged around a number of themes, such as the sea, careers, musical instruments or buildings. Note the splendid spiral staircase leading up ..

  • 11 Palacio Gelmirez

    Religious buildings

    Praza do Obradoiro

    To the left of the cathedral, the Palacio Gelmirez houses the archbishop's palace and containes an exceptional room: the vast synod hall, 30m long and with sculpted ribbed vaults.

  • 12 Ayuntamiento

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The old Raxoy Palace today houses the town hall and is the seat of government of the Xunta de Galicia . The building has a classical façade.

  • 13 Colegio de San Jeronimo

    Religious buildings

    Built in the 16C, the Gothic-style Colegio de San Jerónimo has an elegant 15C portal with a strong Romanesque flavour.

  • 14 Rua do Franco

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rua do Franco, the name of which comes from the Franks, is the liveliest street in the historical centre: tourist restaurants and souvenir shops are legion. The façades of the buildings are decorated with symbols: the shell, tree and stars of the uni..

  • 15 Museo de las Peregrinaciones

    Museums and art

    San-Miguel 4

    The Pilgrimage Museum looks at the importance of worship of the Apostle and pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela, from their origins to the present day, using religious objects and documentary evidence explaining pilgrimage rituals and routes. Fine m..

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