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Santiago de Compostela


Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Santiago de Compostela within Galicia
Santiago de Compostela is located in Spain
Santiago de Compostela
Location of Santiago de Compostela within Spain
Coordinates: 42°52′40″N 8°32′40″W / 42.87778°N 8.54444°W / 42.87778; -8.54444Coordinates: 42°52′40″N 8°32′40″W / 42.87778°N 8.54444°W / 42.87778; -8.54444
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Galicia
Province A Coruña
Comarca Santiago
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Concello de Santiago
 • Mayor Ángel Currás Fernández (PP)
 • Councillors
 • Total 220 km2 (80 sq mi)
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (2012)INE
 • Total 95,671
 • Density 428.81/km2 (1,110.6/sq mi)
Demonym Santiagan
santiagués, -guesa (gl/es)
compostelán, -ana (gl)
compostelano, -na (es)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC)
Area code(s) +34

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela (also Saint James of Compostela) is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. The city is in the northwest of Spain in the Province of A Coruña.

The city's Cathedral is the destination of an important pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James (Galician: Camiño de Santiago, Spanish: Camino de Santiago). Pilgrims have been following this route since the ninth century.

The cathedral is believed to be where James, son of Zebedee is buried. Saint James was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.