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Sightseeing in Santiago de Compostela - what to see. Complete travel guide

Santiago de Compostela is a city of the World pilgrimage. This is the so called third center of Christianity. Pilgrims from different parts of the world try to cross France in order to get to this beautiful town with ancient architecture. They also try to see the magnificent cathedral and amazing historical medieval buildings surrounding it - ancient houses, castles, and baroque Romanesque churches made of golden granite.
The city of Santiago de Compostela locates a religious landmark of global significance attracting pilgrims from all over the world being the Cathedral which has been for many centuries a … Open
Santiago de Compostela is divided into two parts - the old and new ones. The first one is the location of more than forty historical and architectural monuments together with the main cathedral, inside of which is stored the tomb of St. James the Apostle. Vehicular traffic is not allowed in this part of the city. The second part of the city is represented by modern buildings, business centers and suburbs.
Among the main attractions of the old city are the Cathedral with the column of Generations standing inside it, the statue dedicated to Mateo kneeling at the altar and located just behind the cathedral, the cathedral museum, that stores a collection of religious art, and an exhibition of tapestries by made Rubens, Goya and other students of the Flemish School, and San Pelayo and San Martin monasteries located near the Cathedral. Don’t forget to visit amazing palaces of the city - San Fix, Helmires, Santa Maria Salome, Casa del Cabildo, and the magnificent Santo Domingo de Bonaval Church. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The city of Santiago de Compostela is known in the world first of all as a large pilgrim center. However the city is mostly inhabited by students. That is why the destination features a … Open
The Museum of Galicians occupies a beautiful building of an old monastery. Its exposition is dedicated to the most diverse aspects of Galicia's culture and history. Fabulous national costumes, smaller copies of outstanding historical sites, and collections of handicrafts are available to its visitors. One of the halls keeps archeological artifacts. The opening of the museum was held in 1977. On the territory of the monastery is an old cemetery where many outstanding figures of art and culture are buried.
Pazo de Raxoi - Santiago de Compostela Surreal taste admirers can be interested in visiting the Eugenio Granell Foundation Museum. Its collection is so great that the halls cannot include all of it. Works of art are regularly updated, which allows visitors to appreciate the entire exhibition. This museum is sure to please admirers of Man Ray, Esteban Frances, Jose Hernandez and Max Ernst. Visitors can even purchase some exhibits.
1. Tourists may join numerous organized tours to the neighboring cities during a vacation in Santiago de Compostela: Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Siviglia and many other cities are on the … Open
A visit to the Episcopal Palace promises to be exciting. It is a bright historical monument in the Romanesque style. Today, almost all rooms of the palace are available for viewing during the tour. Unique elements of decoration survived in the historic building. You can see beautiful frescoes on the walls, that show images of medieval festivals.
Colexiata Santa Maria a Maior e Real do Sar A vivid example of the Baroque architectural style is Casa da Para villa, built in the 18th century. Its facade is covered with decorative climbing plants, which make the exterior truly unique. In recent years, the villa has been used for various cultural events and exhibitions. It constantly stores a collection of archaeological artifacts discovered during the exploration of the city and its suburbs, as well as a collection of valuable historical documents.
Tourists will find more than two hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes meeting every taste and fancy in Santiago de Compostela. The O Curro da Parra restaurant invites city guests to enjoy … Open
A truly remarkable architectural monument is Fonseca College building of the early 16th century. There remained a wonderful arcade with slender columns, carved towers, and windows of unusual shapes. You should definitely step into the inner courtyard that features landscaped compositions. In the center, is a statue of Santiago Alepho - the patron saint of the college.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Santiago de Compostela
♥   Castle 'Castle da Rocha Forte' , 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Torres do Oeste' , 27.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower of Támoga' , 57.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Carlos' Galicia, 58.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Soutomaior' , 61.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Santiago de Compostela
♥   Natural Park 'Complexo Dunar de Corrubedo e Lagoas de Carregal e Vixán' , 53.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cova dels Vells' , 53.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Fragas do Eume' , 70 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Monte Aloia' , 90.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Peneda-Gerês' , 118.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Santiago de Compostela from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Torre de Hercules

From the series “Top 15 Most Fascinating Lighthouses”
One of the main objects on the sculpture park is the monument to the mythological Kelt's King Breogan. Some legends say that the first tower on the seaside was built according to his order. In the Medieval period, the lighthouse was empty, only in 1788 by order of the King Karl III, the reconstruction was made. Today Torre de Hercules and the nearby territory with a park and archaeological areas are in the list of the UNESCO heritage. … Read further
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