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Why Visit Santiago de Compostela, Spain

What comes to your mind when referring to the major centers of Christianity in the world? Jerusalem? Rome? Well, it's time to introduce you to one more no less significant religious hub, located far in north-western Spain, Santiago de Compostela. Being the capital of the autonomous region of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela has been a magnet for numerous pilgrims since the Middle Ages who crossed valleys and mountains in order to visit this sacred place.

The city is primarily famous for the fact that Santiago de Compostela is the burial site of the relics of St. James, one of the twelve apostles of Christ. So today, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world flow there to see the main attraction of the city, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as well as to wander around the streets of the medieval city, witness its palaces, and admire the Romanesque and Baroque churches of golden granite.

Apart from the majestic building of the main cathedral, you may continue your Santiago de Compostela tour to such mighty architectural gems as the Convent of San Domingos de Bonaval and the Monastery of San Martin Pinario. Among other notable places worth mentioning are the Palace of Helmires and the church of Santa Maria Salome.

Those who are not indifferent to surrealism will be delighted by visiting the Eugenio Granell Foundation Museum, housing a large collection of masterpieces by Man Ray, Esteban Frances, Jose Hernandez, Max Ernst, etc. Moreover, if you're not just an admirer but a collector of masterpieces, it is noteworthy that some of the exhibits displayed in the museum can be bought.

To spice up your Santiago de Compostela trip, you should definitely try some specialties of the local Galician cuisine. It is the region of Galicia which supplies almost entire Spain with fresh fish, clams, shrimp, mussels, and octopus. So Santiago de Compostela is not only the final point of the religious route, it's also a mecca for seafood lovers!

Best Things to Do in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

  • Visit the mighty Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Explore the Convent of San Domingos de Bonaval and the Monastery of San Martin Pinario
  • Immerse in the exhibits of the Eugenio Granell Foundation Museum
  • Taste local Galician treats like zamburiñas and bacalao pies
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