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Santiago de Compostela

Located in the northeast of the Iberian peninsula, Santiago de Compostela, the capital city of the Comunidad Autónoma de Galicia (Autonomous Community of Galicia), with a population of approximately 95.000 inhabitants displays one of the most important historical patrimonies in all Europe. Declared by UNESCO World Heritage city in 1985.
The highlights of Santiago de Compostela's diversified economy are: the timber industry, telecommunications, educational area and mainly tourism. Santiago de Compostela is the third largest Christian pilgrimage centre in the world behind Jerusalen and Rome (Vatican City). Pilgrims arrive to honour Santiago Apóstol (St James), Patron of Spain, whose holy relics are believed to be buried here.
The city is the final destination of the mythical Camino de Santiago (Way of St James), the route followed by pilgrims coming from all over Europe since the Middle Ages, to worship the Apostle holy relics enshrined under the magnificent Cathedral's altar. This event is considered among UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes and the European Parliament designated it the first European Cultural Itinerary.
Around the Cathedral you may find many of the attractions of the city. The Rajoy Palace, seat of the Town Council and of the executive body of the Galician government, the Xunta de Galicia, a neoclassical construction built in 1766; the Obradoiro Square; the city centre and km 0 (zero), the destination point of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James); the Renaissance building of the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, built by the Catholic Monarchs (King and Queen) in 1486 and meant to be a hostel for the Pilgrims arriving at the city following the routes of Camino de Santiago (Way of St James); the Colegio San Jerónimo built in 1652 and the Palacio de Gelmirez raised in 12th and 13th centuries.
But not everything is tradition, history and faith in Santiago de Compostela. The exquisite gastronomy stands out due to its high quality and variety, featuring fish and sea food. Some well-known dishes are the empanada gallega (Galician pie), pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus), and tarta de Santiago (James tart). The Galician wines like Riveiro or Valdeorras are well-known typical wines elaborated with grape varieties that are not available in other places.

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