Top Historical Places in Santiago De Compostela

Are you looking to explore the history of Santiago De Compostela through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Santiago De Compostela including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Santiago De Compostela. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Santiago De Compostela ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Santiago De Compostela, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Santiago De Compostela for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Santiago De Compostela with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Cathedral Of Santiago Of Compostela Or Catedral De Santiago De Compostela

    Church, Religious Site, Museum, Architecture

    It is one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in Spain. The church was build just above the tomb of St. James (that was discovered in 819 AD). The construction of this church began in 1060 in the reign of Alfonso VI and was completed in 1211. With the passing times, various elements were added leading to a dramatic change of the exterior in the 16th -18th century. So, in the architectural ...Read more
  2. Praza Da Quintana Or Quintana Square

    Historical Site, Square, Cathedral

    This square is considered as a symbolic place of Santiago. On the south of the square, you get cathedral of Santiago, the home of the Vine, the Convent of San Palo Antealtares and house of Conga. The Sqaure has two levels, divided by few steps. The upper level is known as Quintana of the Dead and the lower level is known as Quintana Alive. It was built in the 16th century, when the council of C...Read more
  3. Praza Das Praterias

    Religious Site, Square, Shopping Center, Cathedral

    When it comes to tourist attractions, the first thing people think is about the Catedral del Apostolo. But the fact is the surrounding areas do deserve a visit. Each door of this huge cathedral opens to a plaza. Similarly, the south door opens to Prazas das Praterias. It is also popularly known as Plaza de las Platerias. The primary attraction of this square is the centerpiece that is a large f...Read more
  4. Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos Or Catholic Kings Hostal

    Hotel, Religious Site, Leisure, Cathedral

    Also known as the Hospital dos Reis Catolicos is now a 5-star Parador hotel, located in Santiago de Compostela. It was built in 1499 with the aim of serving as a hostal for pilgrims who slept on the streets of the city. It was like a shelter for them. This hostal is situated at the end of the Pilgrimage trail, leading to the way to Saint James. It is said to be the oldest refuge in the world. T...Read more
  5. Casa Da Parra Santiago De Compostela Or Parra House

    Historical Site

    It is a baroque building and was built in late 17th century. It was designed by Domingo de Andrade. However, in the 20th century, few alterations were added to the building. For instance, upper balustrade and another floor were added to the building. The significant feature of the building is the branches of the grapes tree bordering the lower and upper doors on the right. Even the corbels that...Read more
  6. Monasterio De San Martin Pinario Or San Martin Pinario Monastery

    Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture

    It is the former Benedictine monastery of the city, situated in Plaza de la Inmaculada. At present, the monastery works as the Major Seminary student residence and headquarters of the School of Social work and also functions as the headquarters of the Theological institute of Compostela. The architectural design is a mixture of Baroque and neoclassical element. The facade has an altarpiece stru...Read more
  7. Cathedral Museum Or Museo Catedralicio

    Library, Museum, Statue, Cathedral

    This museum is located within the Cathedral of Santiago and houses various archeological works and arts belonging to this city. It was founded in 1930. The most treasured belonging of this museum is the Apostle’s Tomb. The museum exhibits the history of the Sanctuary where the tomb is placed. At present, the museum spreads over 4 floors, including the 16th century large Gothic cloister of...Read more
  8. Museum Of Santiago And The Pilgrimages Or Museo De Las Peregrinaciones

    Museum, Landmark, Statue, Arts And Crafts

    The museum is said to be a tribute to Saint James, the Apostles and the pilgrims who came to visit his relics. It has been divided into three floors. The museum highlights the importance of devotion towards Saint James and the pilgrimage route that starts from the Saint James tomb. You get to see examples belonging to this pilgrimage route. The museum also has eight other rooms that include ima...Read more
  9. Convento De San Francesco

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Monument

    It is a early 13th century old Franciscan monastery, located in the old town and it was declared as the Historic-Artistic monument. According to the history, San Francisco of Assisi was welcomed by a family of Compostela during his pilgrimage to Santiago. During this journey, he decided to built the convent. However, in the early 18th century the building collapsed, leaving behind five arches. ...Read more
  10. Colegiata Del Sar Or The Collegiate Church Of Sar In Santiago De Compostela

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Cathedral

    This collegiate church was built in 12th century in the outskirt region of the city, next to river Sar. The overall architectural design follows Romanesque style. It has three basilical structures and three naïve divide by pillars. On the exterior portion, you can see small tower on the facade and the strong flying buttresses that was built in 17th and 18th century. Such architectural desi...Read more
  11. Palacio De Xelmirez Or Gelmirez Palace


    It is a 12th century Romanesque palace and it is part of Santiago’s Cathedral. It is a bishop palace, located on the north side of the cathedral, facing Praza do Obradoiro. The construction of the palace was commissioned by Archbishop Diego Xelmirez to replace the former residence of the bishop that got demolished. This palace is accessible only through the door of Praza do Obradoiro. Ent...Read more
  12. Palacio De Raxoi Or Pazo De Raxoi

    Landmark, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    Palacio de Raxoi or Pazo de Raxoi or Rajoy Palace is located in the western side of Plaza del Obradoiro, opposite the main facade of the Cathedral of Santiago. It is an 18th century neoclassical building, constructed under the order of Bartolome Rajoy Losada (the archbishop of Santiago). Carlos Lemaur, the French engineer is responsible for the constructional work of the building. On the exteri...Read more
  13. Museo De Arte Sacra

    Art And Culture, Museum, Tomb

    Founded in 9th century, the museum displays variety of artwork that contain sculptures, paintings, ornamented arts (that were used for religious purpose), jewelry and documents based on Benedictine and Jacobean times. Along with this, the museum also holds the original altar that had been raised over Saint James’s tomb. You can also see the beautiful 13th century old Christ that belonged ...Read more
  14. Inmaculada Square Or Praza Da Inmaculada

    Square, Monastery , Cathedral

    The praza is bordered by the Monastery of San Martino Pinario and the facade of Cathedral of Azabacheria on the other side. On the other side, Praza do Obradoiro is located. In other words, you can say it is located right at the center of the historical buildings of Santiago. At the time of Romanesque period, the square was considered as the center of medieval merchants.
  15. Casa De Los Canonigos


    It is a 18th century old Baroque style building, designed by Domingo de Andrade. It was built with the aim of keeping the cathedral canons. The building is said to be located near the south side of Quintana Square. So, once you reach the square, the building is reachable on foot. The structure of the building is in a format of four block houses with beautiful porch connecting them together. The...Read more