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UNESCO World Heritage

Santiago de Compostela was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1.985 for its urban beauty and monumental integrity, as well as the profound echoes of its spiritual significance as an apostolic sanctuary and the destination of the Middle Ages' most important religious and cultural movement: El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James pilgrimage).

Until the 9th century, the city of Santiago did not exist as such. However, archaeological excavations have shown that the present-day location of the old town was the site, in antiquity, of a Roman town that acquired certain importance and remained until the 7th century, forming part of the Swabian kingdom during some time. In the 1st century, alongside the walled enclosure of the Roman “civitas”, a pagan mausoleum was erected that subsequently gave rise to the cathedral. It has been demonstrated that, in that same century, three Christian martyrs were buried in the mausoleum, which became an established centre of worship, as shown by the nearby Christian cemetery that was used until the 7th century.

Second pic: Main nave of the Cathedral.

Apart from the amazing Cathedral, it's a great experience to stroll the narrow and lovely streets.

Third pic: Ruela de Entrecercas.

Note: Santiago de Compostela is in Galicia, northwest of Spain.

  • Last visit to Santiago de Compostela: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 22, 2011
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    a lot of great infos and pics bringing back great memories !

  • Martinewezel's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Santiago de Compostela is on my list of things to do. On foot! Pero me falta tiempo... Later perhaps.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    Nice pages on Santiago, Santi. I would love to see that beautiful cathedral someday! Wow...

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Hi, cool page on Santiago! Nice information and pictures, I would love to visit this town.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Hello, Santi! I see it's a beautiful and nice place, but very far from here! Gracias, mi amigo! ><><><

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Thanks for your Christmas greetings. Best wishes to you for the New Year! I know a man here in Frankfurt who did a long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela alone, in a wheelchair.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Good updates, Santi :)

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    I've enjoyed re-visiting Santiago de Compestella through your pics and tips Santi, Cheers!

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Hola Santi! Acabo de ver tus nuevos tips de Santiago. Saludos :)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    To walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostella is one thing I very much want to do some day.

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