Old Town of Santiago de Compostela
Rank: Top 1000
Wonder Type: Cultural
Best of: Old Town
This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. The oldest monuments are grouped around the tomb of St James and the cathedral, which contains the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Old Town of Santiago de Compostela", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.