Galicia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain to enjoy Spanish food and culture. It is situated in the northwest area of Spain. Most people visit Galicia for visiting Santiago de Compostela that has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is a pilgrimage site as well and people visit the Cathedral where the tomb of the apostle James the Greater is kept in the underground mausoleum from Roman times. You will have an unforgettable experience by visiting this cathedral as you can view the beautiful architecture.
Santiago de Compostela is the most popular destination in Galicia and it is one of the most popular pilgrimage centers. Galicia is also known as the land of witches and many popular sites are worth visiting. The weather is comfortable throughout the year and therefore, you can visit during any time of the year. Some of the most popular sites of Santiago de Compostela are listed here that are worth visiting if you plan your vacations for Galicia.
Praza das Praterias
It is a wonderful place and one must visit this place. This is a home to a beautiful fountain and is situated below the south façade of the town’s magnificent cathedral. The fountain was built in 1825 and is one of the best spots where you can click photographs with your friends or family members.
Mosteiro de San Martino Pinario
It is another important site to visit in Santiago de Compostela. It is a huge baroque monastery that casts a huge shadow over the Praza de Inmaculada square. Some of the parts of the monastery are not open to the public but you will still enjoy it. There is a church that is beautifully decorated and people can visit here. At the center of the church, there is an ornate altarpiece adorned with carved flowers, plants, and saints. If you go upstairs at the east of the church, there is a seventeenth-century Coro Ligneo, another set of choir stalls that is originally situated in Santiago Cathedral. It was the second biggest monastery in Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are two cloisters in the monastery: the offices and the gatekeeper’s house. The main door of the monastery is made up of four large Doric columns and above it, there is a niche bearing the image of San Benedicto.
Museo da Cathedral
It is also an important site to visit in the town. The museum is spread over four floors and there is a large collection of religious art and a room is devoted to the tapestries woven from designs by Goya. Another important feature of the monastery is the cathedral’s 16th-century Gothic cloister. The museum also features interesting and temporary exhibitions in the Paza de Xelmirex, the 12th-century bishop’s palace adjoining the north side of the cathedral. The Pazo’s banquet hall is decorated with exquisite little wall busts depicting musicians, bakers, feasters, kings, and jugglers.
Santiago de Compostela is a small and beautiful town and offers many interesting things to do and see.