Tucked away in the green fringes of Galicia, in northwest Spain, is Santiago de Compostela - one of the great shrines of medieval
Christendom. Millions of pilgrims braved hazardous travel to worship at the shrine of St. James, the patron saint of Spain.
People still come here on pilgrimages today, especially during holy years, which occur when St. James' Day (July 25) falls
on a Sunday.
Santiago is one of Europe's most perfect medieval cities - a mix of religious and secular buildings, with an ancient and thriving
university and a unique spiritual atmosphere. It is also home to the parliament of Galicia, which is an autonomous region,
and there is a lively and prosperous modern town surrounding the central core.