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Top Choice Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city centre in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of the original Romanesque structure (…
Top Choice Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza do Obradoiro

The grand square in front of the cathedral's west facade earned its name (Workshop Sq) from the stonemasons' workshops set up here while the cathedral was being built. It's free of both traffic and cafes, and has a …
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo da Catedral

The Museo da Catedral spreads over four floors and includes the cathedral's large, 16th-century, Gothic/plateresque cloister. You'll see a sizeable section of Maestro Mateo's original carved stone choir (destroyed i…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago

Installed in a newly converted premises on Praza das Praterías, the brightly displayed Museum of Pilgrimages & Santiago gives fascinating insights into the phenomenon of Santiago (man and city) down the centurie…
Top Choice Historic Building in Santiago de Compostela

Hostal dos Reis Católicos

Stretching across the northern end of Praza do Obradoiro, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos was built in the early 16th century by order of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, as a recuperation centre for exhaus…
Palace in Santiago de Compostela

Pazo de Xelmírez

The Pazo de Xelmírez is the 12th-century bishop's palace adjoining the cathedral's north side. It contains (at the time of writing) a very worthwhile exhibition on the Pórtico de la Gloria and, in its banquet hall, …
Architecture in Santiago de Compostela

Puerta Santa

The cathedral's Puerta Santa, giving access to the cathedral from Praza da Quintana, is opened only in holy years (next in 2021). Constructed between 1611 and 1616, it's flanked on the outside by 24 Romanesque sculp…
Museum in Santiago de Compostela

Museo de Arte Sacra

The Sacred Art Museum, accessed through the church of the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares, contains the original altar raised over Santiago's relics. The church itself is of relatively simple design, except for …
Architecture in Santiago de Compostela

Colexio de San Xerome

At Praza do Obradoiro's south end stands the Colegio de San Xerome, a former college for the poor that is now the rectorate of Santiago University. This 17th-century building has a 15th-century Romanesque/Gothic por…
University in Santiago de Compostela

Colexio de Fonseca

Just south of the cathedral, on the west side of cafe-lined Praza de Fonseca, the Colexio de Fonseca, with a beautiful Renaissance courtyard and two exhibition galleries, was the original seat of Santiago’s universi…