The City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela

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Designed by American architect Peter Eisenman, the buildings of The City of Culture of Galicia look like rolling hills. After the budget ballooned from the original forecast, however, the developer halted construction. There is a museum that hosts temporary exhibits, but check online in advance to see if any interest you. Use our Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary maker to add The City of Culture of Galicia and other attractions to your Santiago de Compostela vacation plans.
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  • The City of Culture is a jewel. But I suppose if you think of a museum as a place where you can see paintings hanging on wall with an occasional sculpture, by well-known artists, you probably won't ge...  more »
  • Visited The Cathedral in Santiago De Compostela, well worth seeing. Interesting the information about the Pilgrim's Way. Lots to see inside the Cathedral, free entry but donation boxes around if requi...  more »
  • As others have said, it's hard to comprehend exactly what this place is all about. Some of the buildings are still closed or under construction. The beautiful, ultra-modern library there is a gem, tho...  more »
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  • I'm sure that in a couple of years this place will be worth visiting. Nowadays it's just an experiment.
  • Great architecture. Shame it s not exploited more
  • Must see in any pilgrim's itinerary! The most contemporary building of Galicia! The City of Culture is one of the landmark buildings by Peter Eisenmann. A construction project with a budget of over half a Billion euros. The project got cancelled and is missing the central building that was going to be Europe's largest Opera House. Instead a beautiful lake formed at the top of the Hill Gaias.
  • Great place, everything is right. The city known worldwide with so many tourists, the location just outside of it on a hill close to main roads, great architecture. Everything is in place, but... Never finished and on a sunny sunday afternoon I was almost on my own to look around and see how it all was meant to be. Very interesting.
  • Must visit (if you are an Architect). While the spaces are amazing, this is yet another starchitect failure to put the interests of the client before their own. Only 4 out of 8 buildings ever saw the light, and the technical contortionisms required to materialised Eisenman's vision left so much to desire. Over budgeted, over schedule, over specified and over designed... Perhaps only time will tell.

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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

Lodging in the city's old district is the most scenic option. Some hotels even offer rooms in renovated historical buildings near the cathedral. Consider a stay in Monte do Gozo, a small town just outside the city that offers 2,000 beds to weary pilgrims.
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