Santiago de Compostela

The endpoint of the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, Santiago de Compostela is a sprawling urban hub that has been a sacred bastion of Christianity for thousands of years. The major cultural attraction here is the spectacular stone cathedral of the same name, with its elaborate facade, lofty spires and opulent interior. The city’s old town emanates outwards from the cathedral and is home to a smorgasbord of shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes where you can mingle with Camino pilgrims or simply watch the city life go by.Santiago de Compostela is, as already mentioned, the place of pilgrimage for Christians next to Saint Peter’s in Rome and the city of Jerusalem. Although Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the region of Galicia, it is not the largest city. Nevertheless, there are quite a few sights to see. Firstly, you can find the Monasterio de San Martiño Pinario in the city, where the baroque church contains a double altar. The Praza do Obradoiro is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and is the first point of call for pilgrims, as the Baroque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is located here. The core of the cathedral has always remained the same, although the exterior has been subject to many changes. Behind the cathedral is the Praza das Praterias square, where a stone fountain can be seen. To the side of the cathedral’s bell tower you will find the Praza da Quintana, which is said to be one of the city’s most elegant squares.

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