For centuries, thousands of pilgrims have traveled on St. James’ Way every year, finally reaching the capital of Galicia and entering the iconic Cathedral. According to tradition, this is the burial place of the relics of James the Apostle, discovered in the 9th century. But Santiago de Compostela is very much a living city, with other attractions for travelers, pilgrim or not. There are countless restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious seafood of Galicia, a UNESCO World Heritage old town center, and daring contemporary art.
POINTS OF INTEREST
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA CATHEDRAL
The Santiago cathedral has historically been the last stop in many pilgrimages. Construction of the Romanesque-style cathedral began in 1075 during the reign of Alfonso VI.
Commissioned by the archbishop Raxoi in 1766, the Neoclassic Raxoi Palace was originally used as a seminary for confessors. Today it is the site of the Galician City Hall.
MUSEUM OF THE GALICIAN PEOPLE
Located in the old convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, the Museum of the Galician People is dedicated to celebrating the Galician culture. The museum’s exhibits promote understanding of the Galician culture as it pertains to sea trades, the land, clothing, music, the environment, and architecture.