Santiago de Compostela
was in past years a famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain
, which became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Destroyed at the end of the 10th century, it was then 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.