In Spain there are many magical places full of charm, but none more so than Santiago de Compostela, a city that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1985, given the monumental beauty and the cathedral which acts as the finishing line for the famous 'Camino de Santiago'.
The capital of the Province of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is, along with Jerusalem and the Vatican, one of the three holy Christian cities around the world. The French path, known as Camino Francés, starts in Roncesvalles, or Saint Jean Pied de Port, and through this French-Spanish way lots of pilgrims arrive in Santiago after walking almost 900 km. Some people start from their own homes, in Germany and Austria for instance, adding 1000 km more.
The cathedral of Santiago is, with Rome and Jerusalem, one of the milestones of Christianity and, worldwide, it is reckoned to be amongst the most famous cathedrals. Santiago houses 46 churches, 114 bell towers, 288 altars and 36 orders. The history of Santiago de Compostela is told through its religious architecture. There are extraordinary architectural examples such as two angels with spectacles inside a relief from the 14th century, or a pregnant virgin at the entrance of a church.
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