Situated in the far north-west of Spain in the region of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a famous pilgrimage site. It symbolizes the Spanish Christian's struggle against Islam. At the end of the 10th century, the Muslims destroyed the city and was later rebuilt in the following century. It is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site not only for its rich history but also for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. Pack your bags and head over there with the Santiago de Compostela Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
The city's cathedral plays an important role in Christianity. It is said to be the burial place of Saint James the Great himself, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage since the early Middle Ages and marks the end of the pilgrimage route. The architecture itself is marvellous in its own right with a Romanesque structure, with later Gothic and Baroque additions.
2. Museum of Galician People
The former 17th to 18th-century Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval house the Museum of Galician People that opened in 1977. The museum showcases the Galician culture with different rooms dedicated to the sea, trades, the land, clothes, music, the living environment, and architecture. It also has two sections dedicated to archaeology, painting, and sculpture. The museum owns a great collection of traditional costumes, laces, even musical instruments.
3. Monte do Gozo
The Hill of Joy or what locals call Monte do Gozo is a hill in Santiago de Compostela and it is the first place where pilgrims get their first view of the spires of their final destination--the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. By tradition, this is also where the pilgrims cry out in rapture upon seeing their final destination. Monte de Gozo is about three kilometers outside the city and you may hike up to the top or alternatively and the more popular choice among visitors, cycle to the top.
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