Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) (1985)

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Spain 1989. The old town of Santiago de Compostela, designated World Heritage.

This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. The oldest monuments are grouped around the tomb of St James and the cathedral, which contains the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria. 
  • Spain 1989. Santiago de Compostela designated World Heritage Site. Through the transparent letters one has a view of the cathedral. 
Santiago de Compostela is a city in northwestern Spain, capital of the autonomous region of Galicia in La Coruña Province. Santiago de Compostela has been a major place of pilgrimage in the Roman Catholic church since the 9th century, when the discovery was made nearby of the alleged bones of the apostle Saint James the Great (“Santiago” is Spanish for Saint James). 
  • Spain 1961. Portico de la Gloria. 
  • Spain 1971. Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 
Spain 1961. Santiago de Compostela. Portico de la Gloria. Spain 1971. Cathedralof Santiago de Compostela.

Chief among the numerous medieval buildings in the city is the fine Romanesque cathedral, consecrated in 1128, which now contains the tomb of Saint James. The University of Santiago de Compostela (1501) is located in the city. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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