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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

by WCC on June 12, 2012

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Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, and has 95,207 inhabitants (2011). The city’s Catholic archbishop seat and place of pilgrimage, destination of pilgrimage route and location of the University of Santiago de Compostela and important pharmaceutical industry.

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The name is derived from Santiago, which is in the intermediate form of Sant Iago an abraded form of Latin Sanctus Iacobus represents, and Compostela. The second part of the name is variously interpreted. Folk etymology and because of the mention of a light phenomenon in the context of the grave like Jacob is the Latin campus stellae, Sternfeld accepted ‘(see the coat of arms: star and shrine). Generally it is today by a cemetery – the Romans buried their dead along roads and intersections – off at a street named after and declared as such to Latin compostum, cemetery’. In the museum of the cathedral, the old way below the cathedral to be visited. But since even this explanation does not ultimately provable, can be found in the literature (including at Legler) further attempts to explain that in the Translatio mentioned include pre-Christian sanctuary.

The Santiago airport is located 15 km northeast of the city. He is every day since winter 2005/06 by Ryanair from Frankfurt Hahn and London Stansted served. Air Berlin (via Palma de Mallorca) and Spanair (via Madrid) offer since early November 2005, regular services to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Iberia served Santiago via Madrid or Barcelona.

South of the old town is the station of the Spanish Railways RENFE. In addition to regional and national calls will start once there is a continuous daily train to Hendaye with international connections. At the eastern edge of town is the large bus terminal (estonia autobuses), from which buses run from the airport, in many Galician and Spanish cities and also (without transfers) among others to Germany, France and Switzerland.

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