At the entrance of the Alameda Gardens, you will come across an unusual statue that is of two women dressed in a rather eccentric way and with most peculiar features. There are the famous Marias or “las dos en punt” (two o’clock on the dot), two much loved characters of Santiago de Compostela.
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.
In this article, we would like to describe what we think El Obradoiro, La Quintana de los Vivos y de los Muertos, Platerias y la Azabachería means.
Continue reading The 5 squares of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
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.