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.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Ribadavia Casa de la Inquisición (Seat of the Inquisition)||2019||73.6km||site_ao|
|Elevador del Monte de San Pedro||2019||56km||site_ao|
|Fragas do Eume||2019||70km||site_ao|
|The Bench of Whispers Has Heard 100 Years of Secrets||2017||0.5km||site_ao|
|Iglesia Nueva Santa Cruz||54.1km||site_brutalism|
|Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de La Coruña||50.8km||site_brutalism|
|Tower of Hercules||2009||57.3km||site_whs|
|Roman Walls of Lugo||2000||82km||site_whs|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.