Santiago de Compostela and Some Weird Tangles of History

Praza da Quintana, Santiago Santiago de Compostela’s Praza da Quintana is not only a simple town square. Located at the back of the Cathedral, it’s one of the oldest and most historical squares of Santiago. The Quintana is physically divided into two parts by a large staircase. The upper part is called Quintana dos vivos. If you are at the top of the stairs and look down you see what is called Quintana dos Mortos, and was once a graveyard. Go there in the middle of the night and you’ll be able to see the dead, at least that’s what the legend

Open air music

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is surrounded by squares; between them, there are other passages, arches, and stairs. The end of the Way Plaza do Obradoiro is the stage of the daily ritual of the arrival of the pilgrims, who followed the Way of Saint James, and finally – after a hundred and hundred miles on foot – turn around the last corner and are in front of the Baroque façade of the Cathedral. On the left, there is an arch where usually street artists find shelter from wind rain or (rarely!) sun. Bagpipes, flute or guitar players, mimes

Musica (classica) in piazza

La cattedrale di Santiago de Compostela è circondata da piazze; tra l’ una e l’ altra ci sono passaggi, archi, scale. Praza do Obradoiro è il palcoscenico  del rito quotidiano dell’ arrivo dei pellegrini che hanno seguito il Cammino di Santiago e che  finalmente – dopo centinaia e centinaia di chilometri a piedi -svoltano l’ ultimo angolo e sono di fronte all’ elaborata facciata della chiesa. Sulla sinistra c’è un arco sotto il quale di solito si esibiscono artisti di strada: suonatori di zampogna, di flauto o di chitarra, mimi e cose del genere. Si sente musica un po’ dappertutto