Places of interest to visit in Santiago de Compostela
Plaza de Abastos is a traditional market where you can find fresh and handmade products in a historical space, with an unique architecture. This space will allow you to enjoy with your five senses of the best galician specialities. More information: http://www.mercadodeabastosdesantiago.com/.
Located in Plaza de la Inmaculada and in Plaza de San Martiño respectively, the Monastery and the Church San Martín Pinario from the hand of the Benedictines like a baroque artwork.
The church-museum has a space with cultural activities like expositions or concerts of symphony orchestras, among others.
More information: https://www.espacioculturalsmpinario.com/.
Plaza de la Quintana is divided in two parts: inferior and superior. Quintana de Muertos or the inferior part was a cemetery until the year 1780 while the superior part, by contrast, is Quintana de Vivos.
From this square we can appreciate Casa de la Parra, the Monastery of San Paio Antealtares or the Berenguela tower, among others. Casa de la Parra is an ornamented building that is characterized by its gargoyles and its grapes carved in stone. The Monastery San Paio Antealtares, for its part, was founded in the 9th century with the objective to worship and take care of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago. The Berenguela tower was built to protect the Cathedral of Santiago and draws attention its clock with only a needle, because its bells mark the hours.
More information: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/rutas/a-praza-da-quintana.
The square´s name refers to the old goldsmith workshops located in the basement of the cloister´s arcades. As the central part of the square, the Horse´s fountain is erected.
At one side we can find the Museo de las Peregrinaciones, located in the old Bank of Spain building and remarkable by its dedication to pilgrimage, the way and the city of Santiago like goal. At the bottom of the square, Casa del Cabildo, characterized by its narrowness and its baroque style.
More information: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/rutas/a-praza-das-praterias.
Plaza del Obradoiro is constituted as the monumental center of Santiago de Compostela and as the final point of the Camino for pilgrims. In front of her, the Cathedral is rised.
The Cathedral was consecrated in the year 1211 in the presence of Alfonso IX. Along the history the Cathedral has been changing her construction in a way that everyone can appreciate several styles: her medieval facade, her renaissance cloister or the baroque chapel. Inside, the tradition is to visit the tomb of Santiago Apostle and embrace his figure.
Plaza del Obradoiro is delimited by another four monumental buildings: Pazo de Gelmírez, Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, Pazo de Raxoi and Colegio de San Xerome.
More information: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/rutas/praza-do-obradoiro.
The archbishop Alonso de Fonseca ordered the construction in the 16th century from his family house as a pedagogical place. Highlights his exterior renaissance style mixed with the gothic inside, in addition to the Fonseca family shield. Actually, it has the Biblioteca Xeral of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
More information: http://www.usc.es/es/info_xeral/visitaspatrimonio/.
It was founded by San Francisco de Asís but from the original building it barely preserve a few gothic archs and the tomb of Cotolay. The actual temple dates from the 17th century and it has a baroque style. Highlights the monument to San Francisco, which is erected in the atrium as a huge sculpted cruise.
More information: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/.
Of baroque style and built in granite, is the only door that remains of the seven that formed the old wall of Compostela. It was the entrance way to the urban nucleus of the portuguese pilgrims who made the Camino until Santiago de Compostela.
Urban park located in the old farm and cemetery of the Dominican convent where you can access by a passageway between Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo and Museo del Pueblo Gallego. His rehabilitation respects the original structure: orchard, oak grove and cemetery, in various heights and with water as an element present throughout his path. In addition, it offers a beautiful view of Santiago from one of its highest slope.
Born in 1976 with the objective of being a space at the service of investigation, conservation, divulgation and defense of the Galician culture. It has a permanent exhibition that reflects the different facets of culture in Galicia.
More information: http://www.museodopobo.gal/web/index.php.
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