THE ARCHITECT FRIEND THAT SHOWS YOU GALICIA

Thousands of pilgrims walk kilometres to arrive further than the end: Finisterre.

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Santiago de Compostela

That is why we are the way's end

Thousands of kilometres of coastline define countless types of sea limits.

A great diversity of heritage located in unbeatable locations

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New projects by internationally recognized and local architects.

New homes create new ways of inhabitating Galician heritage.

New cultural buildings in the heart of historic towns as the Museum of Pilgrimage by the architect Manuel Gallego Jorreto in Plaza de Platerías in Santiago de Compostela.

The atlantic coast is the most populated area, however between the hundreds of villages, sandy beaches offer an extensive variety of landscapes.

This is why we are the way's end

Santiago de Compostela is listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and its historic town is renowned as one of the best preserved in Europe. Despite its reduced size, Santiago boasts an intense cultural life: the Camino de Santiago, the Historic University and its rol as Galician capital city assure it is an active town.
The city that was built back in the Middle Ages around the discovery of the Apostle is a monumental granite-built ensemble. Santiago’s urban fabric was drawn centuries ago with an important mark of the Baroque planning that transformed the most significant urban spaces. Heritage conservation policies managed to almost avoid the 20th century real state pressure over the historic core which therefore still keeps its structure and its constructive features, from the global to every single piece. In these sense, refurbishment and reutilization of traditional techniques holds an special relevance.

Being much larger than its historic core, is in the contact areas between the old and new areas where contemporary architecture plays a decisive rol. New buildings, located in the new green areas that surround the historic city, act as hinges between those diverse urban developments. Such is the case of the Galician Center for Contemporary Art by Álvaro Siza Vieira and the Community Center by John Hedjuk.
The City of Galician Culture, designed by Peter Eisenman is the largest project of the city, being still not completed. It is a autonomous project that overlaps its own language over the natural topography of the hill where it is located and from where we can see the Cathedral’s towers.

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From the origin to the contemporary renovation (half day)
Beyond the city limits (half day)
  • OPTIONS FOR CUSTOM AND THEMATIC TOURS: Refurbishment, Stone Architecture, Wooden Architecture and Interiors, New Housing Developments, Gardens and Parks, Álvaro Siza Vieira works, etc
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New housing projects in Santiago de Compostela. Caramonina in Bonaval by the Madrid architect Victor Lopez Cotelo
  • Eisenman has pointed out many times that the City of Culture of Galicia located in this city is his most outstanding project.
  • During 2014 over 200.000 pilgrims from all around the world arrived to Santiago.
  • Currently many renovations works are taking place over some heritage sites.