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Obradoiro Square

See some of the city’s most impressive architectural achievements in this handsome public square. 

Obradoiro Square is among the largest squares in Galicia and serves as an important symbol of Santiago de Compostela. The square’s four sides are bordered by historic buildings, each representing a different style of architecture and a different facet of local life. With Santiago Cathedral attracting pilgrims and tourists and open-air events taking place throughout the year, you will always find activities in this magnificent square. 

The plaza is dominated by the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, which was constructed beginning in the 11th century. Admire its beautiful Baroque exterior and check out the 12th-century Pórtico de la Gloria inside, which is an exceptional example of Romanesque sculpture work. 

Look at the gorgeous 16th-century doorway of Colexio de San Xerome, located on the south side of the square. An important place of learning since the 16th century, this institution was founded for students who couldn’t afford to attend a university. 

On the north side of the square, find the Hostal dos Reyes Católicos. Founded in the 16th century, this gorgeous Renaissance building once served as a sanctuary for pilgrims visiting the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The building is now part of the Spanish hotel chain Parador. Even if you’re not a guest, it’s worth taking a look inside. 

Don’t miss Pazo de Raxoi on the west side of the square. This neoclassical palace initially acted as a seminary for aspiring priests. Today, it houses the Town Hall and local government. Look for the bust of Archbishop Bartolomé de Raxoi engraved with his motto: "Live as if you had to die tonight, work as if you had to remain forever in this world."

One of the most interesting times of year to visit the square is on July 25, when it hosts the St. James' Day celebrations. The festivities include an elaborate fireworks display the night before the feast day, along with a variety of other cultural events. 

Obradoiro Square is located on the west side of Santiago de Compostela’s Old Town. Walk to most areas of the city from the square.


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Hotel Palacio del Carmen, Autograph Collection CA $161
Hotel Palacio del Carmen, Autograph Collection

Hotel Palacio del Carmen, Autograph Collection

Oblatas, s/n, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Santiago de Compostela and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Alameda Park and Estatua a Ramón María del Valle-Inclán are also within 10 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 19 minutes by foot.

    Parador de Santiago de Compostela CA $278
    Parador de Santiago de Compostela

    Parador de Santiago de Compostela

       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Xelmirez Bishop's Palace and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Museum and Obradoiro Square are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      San Francisco Hotel Monumento CA $127
      San Francisco Hotel Monumento

      San Francisco Hotel Monumento

      Campillo de San Francisco, 3, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Santiago de Compostela and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Convento de San Francisco de Santiago and Xelmirez Bishop's Palace are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Praza Quintana
        Hotel Praza Quintana

        Hotel Praza Quintana

        Rúa Da Conga, 9, Santiago de Compostela
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from University of Santiago de Compostela and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Platerias Square and Monastery and Church of San Paio de Antealtares are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Compostela Hotel CA $127
          Compostela Hotel

          Compostela Hotel

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alameda Park, University of Santiago de Compostela and Sacred Art Museum. Mercado de Abastos de Santiago and Obradoiro Square are also within 10 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Hospedería San Martín Pinario CA $92
            Hospedería San Martín Pinario

            Hospedería San Martín Pinario

               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this historic pension is steps away from Square of the Immaculate and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Xelmirez Bishop's Palace and University of Santiago de Compostela are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Universal
              Hotel Universal

              Hotel Universal

              Plaza Galicia, 2, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galicia Plaza and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Fundacion Eugenio Granell and Galería de Arte Contemporáneo José Lorenzo are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Carrís Casa de la Troya CA $102
                Hotel Carrís Casa de la Troya

                Hotel Carrís Casa de la Troya

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre, this boutique hotel is steps away from Monastery and Church of San Paio de Antealtares and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Square of the Immaculate and University of Santiago de Compostela are also within 5 minutes. Santiago de Compostela Station is 17 minutes by foot.