MM 4-24 Break Time at the End of the Camino

During our stay in Santiago last May we often walked down Rua da Acibecheria to the cathedral. One day I caught a street musician sitting on a wall near the cathedral’s north entrance taking a break from his guitar playing and I took this picture which will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

A street musician takes a break on the wall in front of the north entrance to the Santiago Cathedral. Most pilgrims walking the Camino across northern Spain came to the end of their journey when they reached this spot. The north entrance used to be the pilgrim’s entrance to the cathedral. Nowadays both pilgrims and tourists have to walk around to the south entrance.

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The first church in what would become the city of Santiago de Compostela was built in the 9th century. Several churches and three centuries later a cathedral was built in the Romanesque style.  The north facade that you see today behind the wall was built in the Baroque style In the 18th century. I don’t know how old the wall is. There are garden walls on the other side of the plaza (Praza da Inmaculada) in front of the monastery of  San Martino Pinario which was built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 16th century but they don’t look as old as this one.

I’m going to guess that the wall is a thousand years old. What do you think?

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursday (Wednesday in Europe and North America) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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