Plaza del Obradoiro

Plaza del Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela: Address, Plaza del Obradoiro Reviews: 4.5/5

Plaza del Obradoiro
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Large, pleasant city plaza containing the church of St. James.
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Regardless of which route you walked on the Camino de Santiago - all roads lead to the Square of the Workshop (Praza do Obradoiro in Galician), the customary arrival point of pilgrims. The large square is flanked by 4 historically important buildings: the Cathedral (west façade), Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Palace of Raxoi, and the Colexio de San Xerome. Amid high fives, shouts of joy, and misty eyes, I was filled with gratitude to have safely arrived. The best overall view of the square: from the 2nd floor terrace of the Museum. Best time of day for photos: the afternoon, when the square is filled with sun (if you’re lucky enough to be there when it isn’t raining).
Written February 3, 2022
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Mick G
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Was lucky to get here when we did. When the Covid virus finally goes this will be back being a treat. It is the place all the people doing the Camino way come to and as a tourist it is just such a great place to relax in and people watch and gaze at the fancy cathedral facade. It is also bordered by the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos Paradore hotel.There is a perpetual bagpiper but you can either enjoy or tune him out. There was no sellers of all sorts and so is very relaxed for such a central location. Coffee and all the rest you can get round the corner.
Written March 22, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,944 contributions
Local residents joke that the 4 buildings surrounding the square around the perimeter embody the 4 pillars that hold Santiago de Compostela: religion (Cathedral), power (City Hall), tourism (- Parador-Hostal de Los Reyes Catholicos) and education (San Xeronime College). Of course, the main thing on the square is the magnificent West facade of the Cathedral. It is good day and night. Despite its medieval status, this Baroque beauty is relatively recent by historical standards. The facade was completed in 1740 by the architect Fernando de Casas Novoa . There`s Palace Raxoi behind. The City Hall is located here now. St. James in the form of a statue will be found here also. It was believed that his statue helped in the fight against the Moors during the Reconquista. If You look at the North side you can find the former hospital for pilgrims, built by the ideologues of the Reconquista, zealous Catholics and persecutors of Jews and Moors by Queen Isabella of Castile and king Ferdinand of Aragon. The Parador for pilgrims is now here. Finally, the 16th-century College of San Xeronime is located on the South side of the square. In addition to contemplating the Baroque beauty of the Cathedral, interesting performances are played out in the arcades of the city hall in the late afternoon. Perhaps this will be the best end of the day.
Written March 31, 2020
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Malgorzata
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The central place, the square in Santiago with a beautiful view of the main portal of the cathedral. A destination for all pilgrims and tourists, it is actually the heart of Santiago de Compostela. Plaza del Obradoiro surrounded by the four most characteristic buildings of Santiago de Compostela - Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, Palacio de Raxoi, Colegio de San Jeronimo and the Cathedral. You need to come here while in Santiago, it is a place full of joy and meetings for pilgrims.
Written June 14, 2021
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FJGonzalezG
Bethesda, MD1,227 contributions
Plaza del Obradoiro (worker) where the stone masons worked to build the magnificent cathedral is where the different pilgrimage trails converge. It is flanked on the east by the Cathedral, and on the opposite side by the 18th Century Neoclassical Palacio de Raxoi, where the city hall resides. On the north, you will see the once-pilgrim hospital built at the request of Queen Isabela and King Fernando. To the south is the Colexio de San Xerome, founded in 1501. It is here that one can feel the grandeur of Spain in the XVI Century. Frankly, if you go to Santiago, it is hard to avoid. So go there early, and use it to anchor your visit to the city.
Written March 7, 2020
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Trave1Bandit
Maia, Portugal582 contributions
There is no other way of putting – it is simply the heart / soul and life of Santiago de Compostela. Here you will find a mix of people in general + pilgrims + tourists + school kids sucking in the atmosphere is this place.

Under normal circumstances, there is a HUGE cue to go inside the cathedral… but believe me, it is well worth the wait.

GO!!!
You will enjoy this place, the atmosphere and the architecture… and if you are a pilgrim – then there is no other sensation in the world that will surpass the feeling of being right HERE.
Written October 6, 2021
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rayporsche
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
The Plaza is a vast terrace on which almost daily there are displays, sporting events, childrens school activities or buskers entertaining the tourists and citizens wandering there. The weekend evenings often have some sort of live, noisy cheerful entertainment, the daytime is often when tourists occupy the several perimeter cafes and enjoy the view, the atmosphere and the goings-on. A fun place to visit and spend a few hours on a warm afternoon or evening.
Written March 11, 2020
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mikesierra
Bourne, UK1,995 contributions
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The square is bounded by the cathedral, the university, the town hall and a 16th century hotel, which was a former hospital. Overall, the architecture is magnificent and the cathedral is a 'must-see' in its own right. The façade of the hotel depicts statues of the 12 apostles, which is well worth a closer look. Access to the cathedral is from this square, which is a good place to start a walking tour of the city.
Written December 23, 2014
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Rose N
Montana Rose1,047 contributions
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I was totally moved by the size and vibe of this square. Of all the squares I've been in Spain, this is my favorite. Mostly because it's the end of the road for so many pilgrims (past and present). Watching them enter the square is very moving. Smiling, hugging, laughing, crying, - with bagpipes playing nearby. Lots of people are just hanging out, people watching, talking and admiring the buildings - yet it never felt crowded or touristy.

It's a huge square and it is anchored on all sides by 4 large stately buildings. To the East, lies the Cathedral (religion) and, ironically, the town hall (politics) is directly opposite the Cathedral. The Parador Hotel (travel) which use to be the pilgrim hospital is to the right of the church and the office for the university (education) is to the left. These buildings represent not only different aspects of life, but they happen to also showcase the different styles of architecture from the past 900 years or so. A very historic, symbolic, and welcoming square indeed.
Written June 2, 2014
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Eldia D
San Juan, Puerto Rico40 contributions
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We spent New Year's Eve here with all the locals...It was a great experience...the town distributes a New Year's Eve packet including the required 12 grapes! They also had a great musical show and fireworks.
Written January 5, 2014
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