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|Combo meal at McDonalds||$7.59|
|Loaf of white bread||$0.64|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$7.50|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.16|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$262.15|
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|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.71|
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If there is one city in entire Spain that is world famous for its religious heritage, it is the capital of Gallicia, Santiago de Compostela. The city’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also an important site for Catholics since one of the twelve apostles of Christ, St. James, was buried here.
The closest airport to the city is Lavacolla and you will find several cheap flights to Santiago de Compostela from all over Europe. From the airport, you can take a bus to rich the city. There are plenty of hotels in Santiago de Compostela and most of them offer rooms at affordable rates. However, if you prefer luxury, star-rated hotels are available as well.
The most important tourist destination of the city is Santiago Cathedral. Every year, thousands of devotees take cheap flights to Santiago de Compostela to visit this celebrated cathedral and appreciate its architecture. Though the main architectural style is Romanesque, you will notice Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical influences as well. The cathedral has three naives and the alter is an architectural masterpiece. Don’t forget to visit the crypt where the earthly remains of St. James are kept in a silver urn.
Near the cathedral, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos is situated. Originally, it was a hospital, but later was transformed into a large hostel. Now-a-days, it operates as a private hotel and is one of the best places to stay in the city. However, if you can’t afford to stay there, hire a guide to visit the fountains and chapel inside the courtyard.
There are a number of palaces in the city but to see the best work of Middle Age architects, you should visit Palacio de Raxoi and Palacio de Xelmírez. At the top of the Palacio de Raxoi, you can see the sculpture of St. James.
Art lovers can visit the Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo for a change. In a city that is obsessed with religion and past, this gallery is an absolute contrast. You can see the work of contemporary artists here. The best thing is there is no entry fee.
Your tour will be incomplete if you don’t visit Monasterio de San Martín Pinario before leaving the city. It is a more than 1000 years old monastery and one of the largest religious buildings in Spain. Its spectacular interior artwork deserves special attention.
Old Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is located in northwest Spain. It has its own airport, approximately 11km southeast of the town. It is also accessible by walking the Camino de Santiago, the old pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. James. Santiago has been second only to Rome for European pilgrims for over 1000 years. Its Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects in its architecture the important history of Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. James, is located in the town that bears the same name on the northwestern coast of Spain. It is the terminus for the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that has been in continuous use since the 9th century. The first cathedral was built in 819AD over the site where the relics of St. James the Apostle were discovered. It was destroyed in 997AD and the present cathedral was constructed between 1060 and 1211AD.
Way of St. James
The Way of St. James, of Camino de Santiago, is a medieval pilgrimage route. There are paths originating all over Europe, but they all lead to the same place: Santiago de Compostela, the Church of St. James. St. James was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and the patron saint of Spain. He came to Spain to preach shortly after Jesus' resurrection, and then returned to Judea in 44AD to be martyred. Legend has it that St. James' body was miraculously returned to Spain. He was especially looked to when Spain was fighting the Moors in the Middle Ages.Source