Enjoy this walking tour through the main streets and squares of Santiago de Compostela, UNESCO World Heritage City and capital of Galicia. it is also one of the most important pilgrim sites in Europe, since it’s the final landmark on the St. James pilgrimage route. Centuries of splendor and development have left us an urban layout in which the medieval Christian heritage is mixed with monumental Baroque buildings.
The heart of the city is the Plaza del Obradoiro, which has important monuments, including Santiago’s main landmark, its Cathedral, the reputed burial place of Saint James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. There are only 3 churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, being St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai in India the other two.
Inside, Romanesque and Gothic elements alternate with other Baroque style decoration. The Portico of Glory, a masterpiece of Spanish art by Master Mateo indicates the transition to Gothic. In the Cathedral you have to follow the tradition: bump your head on the figure of its creator to obtain prudence and wisdom. At the main altar, a bust of the Apostle Saint James awaits your embrace. Another tradition is the waving of a huge incense holder, "El Botafumeiro", in the main transept, which even reaches the vaults.
On this tour, you can discover a local view of this city full of anecdotes, architectural jewels, legends, myths and the culinary wonders of this area.