Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia {Part I of IV}

{Back in April 2009, we made a road trip from Madrid up to the province of La Coruña in Galicia, northwestern Spain. We first arrived at the town of Santiago de Compostela, then drove clockwise along coastal roads passing the seaside town of Muros and Cape Finisterre before ending up in the city of La Coruña.}


The town of Santiago de Compostela is popular for being one of the major pilgrimage sites in Europe. The Pilgrimage Route (The Way of St. James) as well as the Old Town of Santiago are both inscribed separately in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the actual site where the pilgrimage culminates, was built to honour St. James and believed to house his remains. Possibly the most recognizable Cathedral in Spain, an image of the Cathedral with its elaborate façade and lofty medieval towers appears on the back of the 1, 2 and 5 cents of the Spanish euro coins.

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