The Praza da Inmaculada in Santiago de Compostela is bounded by the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario on the north, the Santiago Cathedral on the south, a few stores along Rua da Acibecheria on the east, and a few archdiocesan buildings on the west, one of which provides an archway to the Praza do Obradoiro. The square is also called Praza da Acibecheria, named after the black jet stone used by craftsmen who set up their shops in the square and made and sold their crafts and jewelry there. The Spanish word for this jet stone is “azabache.”
Looking west from the Praza to the monastery’s garden and monument to Pope John Paul II who was canonized a saint by the current Pope Francis in 2014. The buildings in the background belong to the Santiago archdiocese.
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Another view of the gardens and Pope John Paul II monument.
The front entrance to the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario . This is where we met Mahatma Gandhi one day (see here). The monastery now serves as a seminary and a hostel for pilgrims during the summer months.
View of the Cathedral from the monastery’s gardens. The archway that connects the Praza da Inmaculada and the Praza do Obradoiro is on the extreme right. Two blocks of souvenir shops along Rua da Acibecheria begin on the left.
Store and teddy bear residence on the east side of the plaza and on the corner of Rua da Acibecheria.
Coffee mugs in window display. This is a close-up of the lower right window in the photo just above this one.
The oldest building in Santiago can be found along the south side of the Praza.
This building east of the Cathedral’s north facade is the Chapel of La Corticela, the oldest building in Santiago. It was built in the 9th Century and connected to the Cathedral in the 12th Century. That’s the Cathedral’s clock tower in the background. The walkway that connects the Praza da Inmaculada and the Praza da Quintana goes right by this chapel.
See here for more photos of the plaza and the Cathedral’s north facade.
Just a couple of more Santiago postings and then we’ll go to Porto.