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Western facade of the cathedral

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

For more than a thousand years the churches built upon the tomb of the apostle St. James have been the goal of countless pilgrims from all over the world. The Romanesque church as we see it today with its baroque western facade and its wonderful surrounding plazas has become the heart of the city. ... more

San Martín Pinario

The baroque monastery of San Martín Pinario

The founding of the Benedictine monastery reaches back to the times of the discovery of the apostle's tomb. It is first mentioned in documents from the years 912 and 1115. In the 17th century the original Romanesque structures were replaced by the baroque edifice of what is today one of the biggest monasteries in Spain. ... more

Hotel Reyes Catolicos

The Hostal de los Reyes Católicos

The building limiting the Obradoiro square to the north is now a five-star-hotel of the state-owned chain of "Paradores". It was built at the very beginning of the 16th century as a pilgrim's hospital following a visit of the Catholic Monarchs Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon to Santiago. ... more

Townhall - Rajoy

The Palacio de Rajoi

The neoclassical construction on the Obradoiro square's western side, across from the cathedral, was finished in 1772. Presently it accommodates offices of the regional government's (Xunta) president and parts of the city's administration. ... more

The Casa del Cabildo

The House of the Chapter on the Platerías square across from the cathdral is a special example of Compostelan baroque with a facade that promises more than it can keep. ... mehr