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
Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.
The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”