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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Old Town of Santiago de Compostela is one of the World Heritage Sites of Spain, located in the autonomous community of Galicia. It celebrates the significance of the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in northwestern Spain that is symbolic of Spanish Christian's struggle against Islam.


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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The town of Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia. Since the 9th century, there has been a medieval pilgrimage route, call El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James, where pilgrims from all over Europe trek to this spot, the site traditionally believed to be the burial place of the apostle Saint James.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the destination of pilgrims. The cathedral is believed to mark the spot where St James's remains were buried. It is across from the town square within the Old Town.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Santiago de Compostela was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 2 - 6 December, 1985.

Location: N42 52 50.736 W8 32 40.848 in the Province of A Coruña, in the Autonomous Community of Galicia.
Inscription Year: 1985
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, VI
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