Plaza del Obradoiro of Santiago de Compostela
Plaza del Obradoiro is the symbol of Santiago de Compostela and one of the most emblematic places in the world.
Its origin dates back to 1100, when work began to build a Romanesque basilica on the church that housed the remains of the Apostle Santiago. The square was used as a storage facility and workshop for materials needed for the work, hence its name.
The Colegio de San Xerome is located South of the square, which today holds the seat of the Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Across from the cathedral is the palace of Raxoi, or what is now the City Hall of Santiago de Compostela. The north plaza is closed off by the Catholic Kings´ Hostel (Hostal de los Reyes catolicos)
The square outlines the architectural styles of the city.
At the center of the square the starting place for the St. James Way (Camino de Santiago in Spanish) is marked.