The Hostal de los Reyes Católicos
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The "Royal Hospital", which used to be a municipal hospital until the middle of the last century, was transformed into a luxury hotel by the name of "Hostal de los Reyes Católicos" in 1954. The edifice that houses one of Santiago's five-star hotels was build in plateresque style at the beginning of the 16th century. It's interior contains four cloisters, two from the Renaissance and two baroque ones. The plateresque portal includes representations of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the apostles St. James, Peter, Paul and John and also of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, who initiated the construction of the pilgrim's hospital after their visit to Santiago de Compostela in 1499.
Even as a luxury hotel the former wayfarer's hospital continues it's tradition to provide for the pilgrims who arrive at Santiago to some extent. Each day the first ten pilgrims to present themselves with their newly acquired "Compostela" at the hotel will be given a free breakfast, lunch and supper.