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Santiago’s Praza da Inmaculada on the Cathedral’s North Side

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 … 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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The Pilgrim’s Mass in Santiago

We walked down Rua da Acibecheria on a Saturday morning last May to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass at Catedral de Santiago which starts at noon every day.   We reached the cathedral’s north facade and then walked around the east side … Continue reading

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The Plazas of Ponferrada

Ponferrada is about one-third the size of León and has about one-tenth as many bars and also about one-tenth as many tourists. We walked all over old town Leon and crossed perhaps twenty plazas but in Ponferrada we only visited … Continue reading

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Where in the World is Ponferrada?

Pilgrims who are following A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Santiago by John Brierley while they travel along the Camino Frances in northern Spain start Stage 1 of their journey in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side … Continue reading

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Discovering León, Part Five: Inside the León Cathedral

León’s Cathedral is the finest example of French Gothic architecture in all of Spain. Most of the church was built between 1255 and 1302. The cloister and north tower were added later in the 14th century and the south tower … Continue reading

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