Town of Apostle Santiago, Spain
Santiago is numbered among the best cities in Spain and is especially famous because of the religious value it holds. It is home to the Way of Saint James which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s name actually comes from the belief that the apostle Saint James is buried here.
The city has splendid pieces of architecture and is considered to have the best seafood cuisine in the country. This is indeed a wonderful place to visit on your tour of Spain.
Attractions in Santiago
Among the major attractions in the area is the center of the town, the famous square La Plaza Del Obradoiro whose name means “work of gold”. There are several cathedrals and chapels of historical value located here and their construction is truly amazing. The styles used on the buildings are attractive and quite rare. Art lovers will be intrigued with the architecture here.
Plaza de la Quintana is another attractive square which has a “Royal Door ” that is only opened when the Apostle Festival is held in a Holy Year. The Plaza has a monastery as well which is among the list of Santiago’s oldest buildings. It was constructed to entomb the mortal remains of the apostle James.
Another attractive square is Plaza de la Azabacheria which is the entrance that pilgrims of the past used when entering the cathedral. These attractive sites have great value to staunch Catholics to this day. They represent great personalities and periods in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
Santiago’s University District attracts people because of its surroundings, which could be called poetic. Beautiful palaces in this district which were built using different magnificent architectural styles are quite entrancing.
It is clear now why Santiago is considered “the town of apostle” and why it still has great attraction to many believers. Those who love their religion and have a passion to know more about the origins and history of their religion will find important proofs of their faith here, some of which they never knew existed.
This town is definitely one of those you don’t want to miss visiting. People find it relaxing and interesting to see and learn a few things about religion after having fun on the sandy beaches and trekking amid the natural wealth of Spain.