Category Archives: Architecture

The Roofs of Porto

On our last day in Santiago we said our goodbyes to the Camino and then caught a cab to the bus station where we met up with my sisters.  The four of us then boarded the bus to Porto. Four … Continue reading

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MM 4-30 The North Side of the Porto Cathedral

The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but has been modified and restored many times over the centuries and in many different architectural styles. In 1736 an Italian architect named Nicolau Nasoni added a … Continue reading

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The Santiago Cathedral’s Interior

OK, we walked all around the Cathedral and I showed you pictures of all four plazas (see here, here, here and here) and all four Cathedral facades. Now it’s time to step inside and see what the Cathedral’s interior looks … Continue reading

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Santiago’s Praza das Praterias — the Square of the Silversmiths

Pilgrims who walked the Camino Santiago during the Middle Ages arrived at their destination by entering the Santiago Cathedral via its north entrance off the Praza da Inmaculada (see here). For the last few hundred years they walked a tad … Continue reading

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Praza do Obradoiro — Santiago’s Largest Square

In English-speaking countries we call open public urban spaces “squares.” They are called “plazas” in most Spanish-speaking countries. But in Santiago de Compostela they use the Galician term “prazas.” And the largest of these prazas in Santiago and probably in … Continue reading

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MM 4-25 Inside the Santiago Cathedral

Most of what you see of the Santiago Cathedral from the outside are the facades and towers that were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries in the Baroque style. Most of what you see inside the cathedral, however, is … Continue reading

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The Final Steps on the Camino

For hundreds of years pilgrims on the French Way of the Camino walked 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to the marketplace on top of the hill in Santiago. Then they would walk down a narrow … Continue reading

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