Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

(Updated on 02/12/2013) Received another awesome postcard shows the full view of the old town from the air. Thank you so much Verónica ! ;-)


Santiago de Compostela is located in province of A Coruñais in northwestern Spain; it is also the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. As the destination of the Way of St. James which is a major historical pilgrimage route since the Early Middle Ages, also as the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Great, the city’s cathedral is of great religious and culture significance. In 1985, the cathedral as well as the old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Actually the Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, it played a fundamental role in encouraging cultural exchanges between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe that time, and thus it was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993 too. I would like to take this opportunity, to thank my friend Verónica from this famous Spainish city, who sent me this gorgeous postcard shows the great cathedral at night. The beautiful stamps on the postcard are much appreciated too.