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Santiago de Compostela

Andrew Harper's Travel Guide

Santiago de Compostela’s 11th-century cathedral is the destination for a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James, which attracts more than 100,000 pilgrims annually. The legend of St. James is one of a number of early traditions concerning the missionary activities ...

Santiago de Compostela’s 11th-century cathedral is the destination for a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James, which attracts more than 100,000 pilgrims annually. The legend of St. James is one of a number of early traditions concerning the missionary activities and final resting places of the Twelve Apostles. The old quarter of Santiago contains a glorious array of Romanesque, Baroque and neoclassical buildings. Santiago has a lively atmosphere, attributable in part to the thousands of students who attend the 16th-century university. The prevailing winds from the Atlantic and the surrounding mountains combine to give the city a high annual rainfall.

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