Santiago de Compostela has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In a walk by Santiago de Compostela Old Town, we can discover the different monuments which are placed there.
There are guided tours at different times every day.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the most outstanding building of Romanesque art in Spain. It is also the final destination of all the Ways of St. James, which, during centuries, have brought Christendom’s pilgrims to the apostle’s tomb. Audio guide. See on map. More information.
INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL (Audioguide)
- Botafumeiro is a giant censer, used since the Middle Ages to purify the air in a Cathedral that was full of crowds. Eight men are required to set it in motion. In only a minute and a half, Botafumeiro reaches a speed of 68 kilometres per hour and forms an angle of 82 degrees with the vertical, tracing a 65-metre amplitude arc along the transept. There are a total of 17 cycles, which leave spectators with a lasting impression. More information. Video.
- A visit to Cathedral rooftops gives us a unique opportunity to have its towers, domes and pinnacles within touching distance and enjoy the unbeatable perspective of the monumental squares. At an altitude of almost 300 metres, 30 metres above Obradoiro Square and with a 360-degree field of view, your eyes wander over the city roofs and disappear into the surrounding hills in an unforgettable view. More information. Buy tickets for the different visits of the Cathedral.
OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL
- Obradoiro square is the monumental centre of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral´s baroque façade dominates the square and welcomes the thousands of pilgrims arriving via the Way of St. James. Audioguide. More information.
- Praterías square is the Cathedral’s south square. It is dominated by the Cathedral’s only remaining Romanesque façade. In the centre of the square, the Fountain of the Horses rises up. Audioguide. More information.
- Quintana square is a square par excellence, delimited by the Cathedral sanctuary, the foundational monastery, the canons’ cemetery and the first town hall. On the Cathedral’s façade which dominates this square it is placed the Holly Door, which opens on Jubillee Years to receive the pilgrims. Audioguide. More information.
- Inmaculada square is bordered by the Monastery of St Martin Pinario and the Cathedral´s Azabachería façade. It marks the end of the last urban stage of the French, English and North Ways of St. James, which enter the old town via ‘Puerta del Camino’. Audioguide. More information.
- Faculty of Geography and History of University de Santiago de Compostela is placed in a neoclassical building of huge columns. Inside are the cloister garden with fountain, the auditorium with paintings of Fenolera and Gonzalez, and the reading room, as well as the terraces overlooking the entire city. This building is placed at the University Square. Audioguide. See on map. More information.
- Food Market one of Santiago’s leading establishments as regards the sale of fresh products. It was built in 1941. Audioguide. See on map. More information.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Santiago de Compostela is a city embraced by green spaces. From almost any point in the city we are presented with perspectives revealing the city´s parks or natural landscapes. More information.
- Alameda Park is the most integrated in the history of the city and its population. Its privileged location, bordering part of the old town and with a magnificent view of its west façade (the most monumental one), made it the main city park. Audioguide. See on map. More information here and here.
- Bonaval Park is accessed via the strategic passageway formed by the contrasting architectures of two museums: the Galician Contemporary Art Centre (CGAC) and the Museo do Pobo Galego (Museum of the Galician People), housed in the former medieval convent. Situated on a west-facing hillside, the park offers surprising views of the city’s rooftops. Audioguides here and here. See on map. More information.
- Sarela River Walkway is per se a world of its own, completely separate from the city. It follows the small river Sarela and reveals the historical importance of such watercourses as regards shaping the landscape: bridges, irrigation ditches, channels, waterwheels, tanneries…See on map. More information.
One can find more in information at the central tourist office.