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Santiago De Compostela Attractions

Top 3 things to see and do in Santiago De Compostela

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    An angled view of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain.

    Santiago de Compostela is located in northwest Spain. It has its own airport, approximately 11km southeast of the town. It is also accessible by walking the Camino de Santiago, the old pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. James. Santiago has been second only to Rome for European pilgrims for over 1000 years. Its Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects in its architecture the important history of Santiago de Compostela.

    The Old Town is located just south of the Cathedral. It encompasses two main streets, Rúa del Villar and Rúa Nueva ...

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  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. James, is located in the town that bears the same name on the northwestern coast of Spain. It is the terminus for the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that has been in continuous use since the 9th century. The first cathedral was built in 819AD over the site where the relics of St. James the Apostle were discovered. It was destroyed in 997AD and the present cathedral was constructed between 1060 and 1211AD.

    The cathedral is open year-round; however the hours vary according to the season and the mass schedule, so it is best to call ahead before planning your trip ...

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  • The Way of St. James, of Camino de Santiago, is a medieval pilgrimage route. There are paths originating all over Europe, but they all lead to the same place: Santiago de Compostela, the Church of St. James. St. James was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and the patron saint of Spain. He came to Spain to preach shortly after Jesus' resurrection, and then returned to Judea in 44AD to be martyred. Legend has it that St. James' body was miraculously returned to Spain. He was especially looked to when Spain was fighting the Moors in the Middle Ages ...

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