Beautiful Santiago de Compostela is famous world-wide for its Gothic Cathedral, the resting place of the Apostle Saint James and the end of the Camino de Santiago. But inside the old Medieval walls that surround the City there is much more to discover for those who allow themselves to wander and who know what to look for. In this article, we would like to give you a bit more insight on the monuments that make the most stricking and important of the 5 squares of the Cathedral – The Plaza del Obradoiro.
What monuments will you find on the Main Square of the Plaza del Obradoiro
The Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral 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.
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