Monastery of San Martin Pinario

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I had of course heard of the Cathedral in Santiago, but didn’t know about this astonishing building. The original Benedictine Monastery of San Martín Pinario dates from 6C and is named for the pines (pignario) in which the buildings stood. Today’s buildings mainly date from … Continued

Fonseca Palace in Santiago de Compostela

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It was pouring with rain as we opened the curtains on our second day in the Santiago de Compostela. It wasn’t gentle English rain, but bucketloads of water running in rivers down the streets. Even a dash across the square … Continued

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostelo is the reputed burial place of St James the Great in the west of Galicia, in Northern Spain. It has been a pilgrim destination since its creation and it is still the final destination for … Continued

The Parador in Santiago de Compostela

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The Reyes Catolicos built a hostel for pilgrims in 1499 and today this is the Parador in Santiago de Compostela. The Catholic Kings, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, commissioned the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos to house pilgrims from … Continued

Travel in Spain, Santiago do Compostela

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Two days and nights in  is not long enough, but all the time I had and so this post is a few of the sights as we wandered about the streets, starting with an unusually clear sky on the morning … Continued

The Cathedral of Santiago

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial place of St James the Great. In 9C a chapel was built over his grave, and then a church, which was destroyed by Al-Mansur in the 10C. Today’s building dates … Continued

The ‘old’ Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been a site of pilgrimage for nearly 1200 years, revered as the grave of St James, an apostle of Christ. There are many photographs on the internet, and a lot of information; all I can … Continued

Travel in Spain, Day 6, Santiago de Compostelo, Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos

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Travel in Spain, Day 6, and we set off from Cambados on a cool and overcast day, and as we drove north the sky got darker and darker, and then the rain started. I am a competent map-reader, but the Spanish road … Continued

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