About this wheelchair accessible Santiago de Compostela tour
Accessible Santiago de Compostela is one of the most sacred places in Spain. Many tourists from all over the world visit it every week. During this accessible tour of Santiago de Compostela, you see the famous Cathedral, and you discover the old city. The Cathedral was declared cultural interest in 1896, and the old city has been included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1985.
Other important sights you visit during your accessible tour in Santiago the Compostela are the Abastos Market, the Quintana Square, the Obradoiro Square, the Museum of the Galician People, the Gelmirez Palace, Cabildo’s House. The Monastery Colegiada de Santa Maria do Sar, Capela Ánimas, and Alameda Park.
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
The first stop on your Accessible Santiago de Compostela tour is the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela of which the construction began in 1075. Before that, there was a small church in the same place. Almost 150 years later, in 1210, they finished the Cathedral. In 1985, UNESCO included the Cathedral on its World Heritage List.
According to the myth, Apostle James is buried underneath the Cathedral. Therefore, it is a popular pilgrimage destination.
You continue to Abastos Market, which is the city market of Santiago de Compostela. It offers a wide variety of fresh and traditional products. At the market, you find an exciting selection of meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese and bread, local wines and liquors, etc. Many people visit this extraordinary place in Santiago de Compostela.
The Quintana square exists out of two parts: the Quintana de Abaixo and the Quintana de Arriba. Which means square of the dead and the square of the living. Between the two squares, you see the stairs. These stairs represent the passage between life and death.
Soak up the atmosphere when you are at the Obradoiro square. Look at the Cathedral of Santiago and see the many pilgrims on the square who reached their final destination that day. Around you, you see many other beautiful buildings: The Hospital de Los Reyes Católicos, the eighteenth-century Raxoi Palace, and the São Jerónimo College. The Hospital de Los Reyes Catolicos was built in 1486 as a religious structure. Today, it is used as a hotel. The Raxoi Palace is now used as the town hall but was once serving as a seminary for priests. São Jerónimo College is an old school in the city. It is also called the College of Artists. Since the 1980s, it houses the rectorate of the University of Santiago.
Museum of the Galician People
You find The Museum of the Galician People in a 17th-century former monastery, the São Domingos Convent. The exhibitions are dedicated to traditional Galician culture. The rooms are filled with paintings, sculptures, sacred art, and valuable finds from the marine and agricultural world. Discover the beauty of the Galician culture in this interesting museum. Besides that, take your time to explore the museum’s historic surroundings. The goal of the museum is to spread knowledge of the Galician culture.
Moreover, you go to the Gelmírez Palace. This apostolic palace got built to replace the former bishop’s residence. That one got destroyed during uprisings. The palace is connected to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and overlooks the Praza do Obradoiro.
The Cabildo house is most famous for its baroque façade. The only reason it got built was to enclose Praterías Square. You see that in the architecture because the building has a depth of only four meters or thirteen feet.
The Monastery Colegiata de Santa Maria do Sar
Do you like architecture? If so, you must visit the Colegiata de Santa Maria, do Sar! This twelfth-century church is built in Romanesque style. Besides the Cathedral, it is the most important building in Santiago de Compostela.
Continuing, you visit Capela Animas. A straightforward church, completed in 1784. It is built in a neoclassical style, which you tell by the impressive columns that cover the façade. On the inside, there is an amazing fresco. Usually, it is not a crowded place, so it is delightful to visit.
Finding a park in Santiago de Compostela is easy. But Alameda Park is more special than others. It merged with the history and culture of the city. In the park, you find multiple monuments and artistic objects. Besides that, it is also a location where a lot of local events take place.