Santiago de Compostela is a “Christian Mecca”.
There is a legend about how the Apostle James the Elder, a disciple and close friend of Christ, came to preach the Gospel to one of the outlying Roman provinces of Spain. Upon his return to Palestine, he was beheaded by Herod. His remains were laid by faithful disciples in a boat and floated out to sea, his body was later miraculously thrown ashore at the mouth of the river near the present city.
The remains of the Apostle James were buried in the city cathedral. Therefore, the city since early medieval times is the third holiest site of the Catholic world (after Rome and Jerusalem), the center of the Catholic archdiocese and pilgrimage destination and the route of the famous Way of St James which covers the whole of Europe.
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Once there you can enjoy walking along the streets of the historic city center which are framed by porticoes, linking architectural monuments in a single ensemble. The sights worth seeing are:
- The Santiago Cathedral - an outstanding example of Spanish Romanesque architecture (about 1080-1211), in the 17th and 18th centuries, the facade was rebuilt in Baroque style, as well as the Royal Hospital, now - the hotel “Parador de Santiago de Compostela”
- The 16th century monasteries Pinar San Martin and San Pelayo which sell cakes and lemon cakes baked by nuns
- Palace Gelmires, Casa del Cabildo, San Fix, Santa Maria Salome and the remarkable church of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, where the remains of the poet Rosalia de Castro lie
- The University, founded in 1525
- Museum of Ethnography (Museo de Pobo Galego) gives an overall impression of the life and history of the Galicia. Boats, fishing equipment, tools, small artisans, wicker baskets, lace, household items, local clogs. Special attention should be paid to a triple helical staircase, one of the masterpieces of the architect Domingo de Andrade
- There is an archaeological museum, the Museum of Carpets (Spanish and Flemish tapestries, created from drawings by F. Goya and Paul Rubens)
The city has more than 40 historical monuments. But do not despair: the most significant ones are located around the cathedral. As for rest, use Booked.net to find the perfect hotel for you to recuperate before exploring again. The locals say: “Here every stone speaks”.