Thursday, January 16, 2014
Santiago de Compostela, Galicia - SPAIN - UNESCO #347
Today I've got two cards and both from new UNESCO WHS! The first one was posted by me in the amazing city of Santiago de Compostela (I went there on the last days of the year 2013). The St. James Cathedral is of course the center of the Old Town, but believe there's many more interesting and beautiful places to see there. It's also a great city to hang out, a vibrant atmosphere and lots of young people on the streets at night - it's one of my favorite cities in Galicia. This card is the 267th in my collection (714 more and I'm done!). This postcard took 17 days to arrive!
This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is one of the world's most beautiful urban areas. The oldest monuments are grouped around the tomb of St James and the cathedral, which contains the remarkable Pórtico de la Gloria.