Santiago de Compostela is often referred to as a large village built around a beautiful Cathedral. When walking around the Old Walled Town and arriving into any of the 5 squares of the Cathedral you will see this is true. Each one of these 5 squares shows the Cathedral in a different way, always grandiose, and allows an entrance or exit to this sacred site. They all have a different spiritual meaning and reason for being.
As you enter the Old Town of Santiago de Compostela, you notice a great architectural difference with the buildings before. This is because the Old Town of Santiago used to be surrounded by a strong wall in Medieval times. This wall and the 7 entrance doors however have almost completely disappeared. The main entrance to Santiago’s Old Town however keep the original names.
In this article, we would like to explain why that wall was built and where were each entrance.
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. It’s known as end point of the Camino de Santiago, and the alleged burial site of the apostle Saint James.
Santiago de Compostela Statistics
Area: 223 km² Average Weather: Mild & Humidity, rainy in Winter Population: 95,800 (2014) Number of airports: 1 Points of interest: University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Monasterio de San Francisco & San Martín Pinario