After careful evaluation, the scientific committee of the Swiss Tourism Awards then selected the city of Santiago de Compostela awarded the prize:
Known around the world for its “camino,” a pilgrimage by foot or bicycle from Spain and neighboring nations, Santiago de Compostela is a city that in addition to being a place of prayer is also a charming tourist resort-so much so that it deserves the Swiss Tourist Award, as a “Cultural and Religious Capital.”
The destination of the historic pilgrimage of medieval origin is the Cathedral of St. James, where the remains of the apostle are preserved according to legend transported here by two of his disciples.
The façade, called de Obradoiro after the square over which it dominates, is from the 1700s in Baroque style inside, beyond the splendid Romanesque portico, known as the Gloria, stands the Capela Maior with a sumptuous altar and the famous Botafumeiro, the world’s largest incense burner that is used only on special occasions and swung by attendants at up to 70 km/h.
In the surroundings of the Cathedral by walking around, you can visit the Romanesque-style historic city center. Next to the church is the large Quintana Square, it is divided into two parts, Quintana de vivos and Quintana de mortos, indicating that on this side of the square, a bit lower, there used to be a cemetery. Also famous is Plaza de las Platerias where in the Middle Ages artisans would set about working gold and silver.
In the convent of St. Domingo of Bonaval, you can visit the Museo do Pobo Galego to get a comprehensive view of the culture of Galicia, of which Santiago is the capital, and admire the technical expertise of Domingo de Andrade’s triple helical staircase.