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  Praza Inmaculada Santiago de Compostela
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      Praza Inmaculada Santiago de Compostela
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  • Xelmirez Archway at night - Santiago de Compostela
      Xelmirez Archway at night
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  • Mosterio de San Martino  Pinario - Santiago de Compostela
      Mosterio de San Martino Pinario
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  • A Gaiteros - Galician bag-piping - Santiago de Compostela
      A Gaiteros - Galician bag-piping
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This Praza is a busy thoroughfare, which leads into Praza Obradoiro, through the Xelmirez arch - a place where the acoustics attract musicians.

This is where You're likely to encounter a gaiteros - A traditional Galician bagpiper - the instrument has Celtic roots.
I heard one such musician on my first evening, which added to the atmosphere of the place

UPDATE- During my August 09 visit I came across another gaiteros (pic 4) and enjoyed listening to him playing.

Next to the Arch is the Archbishops Palace.

Opposite the North facade of the Cathedral is the huge Benedictine Mosteiro de San Martino Pinario, once the most powerful monastery in Galicia. It is now a theology college and in summer becomes a hotel for pilgrims. Part of the Monastery houses exhibitions.

In front of the Monastery are some small gardens.

The street that leads into the Praza, is the way that pilgrims enter the Cathedral bounderies, the door on the North facade was once the entry for pilgrims. The street (and the door) are called Acibecheria.

The street once housed jet (azabache) workshops, which were a lucrative industry in the 13th century. There is still some crafting of this stone here today

The Praza itself was an important business area for medieval merchants.

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  • Updated Oct 26, 2009
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