Santiago de Compostela (Old
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||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.
|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).
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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Revised 19 jul 2007