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Not the biggest in Galicia, but without all doubts the most important city in the region. The 130.000 (roughly) inhabitants, It is the cultural, historical, political and espiritual centre of Galicia. The foundation is closely related to myths and legends, but perhaps with a real sense.

Just some lines about it past. At the beginning of the IX century a monk called Paio had observed lights in the heaven. Bishop Teodomiro finds a shrine with three tombs and inscription saying "here lies St James, son of Zebedeo and Salome". The other tombs would bellong to Teodoro and Anastasio. King Alfonso of Asturias, decides to build a temple and founds the city. Becoming the centre of power of the region. It starts to be well known worldwide and tides of pilgrims start to come from all over the world, and city expands. As the third symbol of christdom (with Jerusalem and Rome, the city was destroyed by vikings and arabs since it was a significant target. Diego Gelmirez was the most significant figure in the medieval times and makes the city an splendid display of art.

In 1492 the Catholic Kings stablished the Real Audiencia in Santiago, as the first Capital of Galicia and centre of power. Although the city is taken the capital of the province in the XIX century, the capital of Galicia is given back in 1982 when regional goverment is set up. In 1985 Santiago is given the award of Herritage of Mankind by UNESCO, as one of the most representative monumental city in the Spain. Tourism booms.

Nowadays, Santiago is a pleasant modern small and well equiped city situated in the Northwest of Spain. A Green Celtic region in Spain. So dont expect bullfighting, sangria or flamenco, but a green landscape which resambles to Scotland or Ireland.

One of the holly cities in the world, Santiago is much more than the shrine of Saint James. It is not only the destination of thounsand of pilgrims, but an impresive monumental city which provoques sensations and deep feelings. The whole city is alive, and it soul is the cathedral which lies on a top of a hill, where the old cities also lies and surounded by other seven hills. The old city has been called by many writers, "the stone forest", and the presence of art is everywhere. Magic spreeds all over and the city keeps the same as in the Middle Age. Nothing changes with the past of time. The stone of the streets and monuments, glows and come to live when the Atlantic rains moist everything. It is a city of feelings; Mist arround the clock tower, moss, chocolate from the cafes, and wet earth. Noise, steps at night and music coming from the old pubs. But the city is active, vibrant, bustling, modern and well equiped with many facilities. Few cities offer such an enchanting aspect. Few people have heard of Santiago. We are eager to welcome you. Never has been so easy to visit us.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unexpected, magic, monumental
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:Step back in time
  • Intro Updated Apr 7, 2006
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  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Great pages, I enjoyed revisiting Santiago just by reading your tips! I am hoping to go again in February and see some of the sites I missed first time.

  • Apr 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Thank you, i am visiting sdc soon and your tips will be much appreciated.

  • cathie-mc-p's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Thanks for so many helpful tips on your page. I have made notes for my trip. I will be there in March. cathie-mc-p@vtmail.com

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2006 at 10:20 AM

    A mystic town and well documented comments.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 12:48 PM

    Lovely page for a lovely place, Great intro photos & info. Happy Travels (~_~)

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2003 at 2:09 PM

    You live in a amazing town. Thanks

  • chancay's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 1:20 AM

    Beautiful page!! The opening photos are outstanding. A lot of info! Feliz Cumpleaños!

  • doreenellen's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2003 at 11:19 PM

    Looks a lovely place to live so would like to visit one day. Nice page

  • arlequin_g's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2003 at 10:28 AM

    Me encanta esta ciudad! Me hubieran ido bien estos consejos cuando la visité.

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2003 at 7:06 AM

    Wow, what a beautiful cathedral! Seems Santiago is one of the hidden gems of Spain

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