Plaza de Abastos-San Domingos de Bonaval-San Martín Pinario-San Francisco-Alameda Park-Collegiate Church of Sar-Galician City of Culture
A tribute to those places that are often eclipsed by the Cathedral surroundings and are worth visiting.
“Plaza de Abastos”
A tribute to Galicia’s farmers and gastronomy. Not to be missed if you want to see the produce, shellfish and fish from Galicia’s spectacular coastline. Do not the market’s naves remind you of Santa María del Naranco? Is it because the architect was from Asturias? There is a small church, San Fiz, which was the origin of the legend of the city of Santiago and features a beautiful polychrome Adoration of the Magi. A real experience for the senses, no matter where you look.
San Domingos de Bonaval
Contemporary architecture, the limited presence of the Gothic style in Santiago represented by the Church of San Domingos, “Museo do Pobo Galego” (ethnographic museum), Pantheon of Illustrious Galicians and a very special garden that encompasses this world of architectures. There is nothing like it and only 50 metres from the entrance to the French Way. You cannot beat that!!!!
More than a few cities would like to have such an outstanding historic building. A beautiful church with an impressive altarpiece. It is worth paying the entrance fee and also visiting the museum. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, it features a permanent exhibition as well as regular temporary ones.
Another one of Santiago’s unknown attractions that houses an enormous church erected to mark Francis of Assisi’s visit. It features a surprising Holy Land Museum, from the Custody of the Holy Land (Jerusalem), with pieces of outstanding historic value. You did not expect this, did you?
Not to be missed
A very special city park. The lovers’ bench with spectacular views of the city, the statues of Valle Inclán, the famous Marías statue, the benches in the central walkway made in the Sargadelos foundry, the Church of Santa Susana (one of the oldest), the walkways at different heights for different social classes, the acoustic bench. In short, a real delight.
Do not worry, it is not going to fall; it was built more than 8 centuries ago, but it is truly miraculous that it is still standing, due to the floods it has withstood and the muddy ground on which it was constructed. It is pure Romanesque and the museum’s cloister is beautiful. It is worth visiting the church just to see those leaning columns.
Designed by the North American architect Peter Eisenman, the Galician City of Culture is a huge new contemporary architecture space featuring different cultural venues. The project simulates Compostela’s almond-shaped historic city centre and the heights respect the relief of the terrain on which it was built. Weekends with guided tours, fine exhibitions, good views of the city from the John Hejduk Towers, the possibility of walking along the rooftops of some buildings and great sunsets.