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One door closes and another one opens in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.
The Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, in the presence of a number of Spanish dignatories, ceremoniously closed the ‘Holy Door’ of his magnificent Cathedral on the 31st of December, signalling the end of a successful Jubilee Year in which around 270.000 pilgrims crossed its threshold, including Pope Benedicto XVI. The next Jubilee Year is not until 2021, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to visit this wonderful northern Spanish city and it’s iconic Cathedral. There’s plenty to see, great fish and seafood to tempt the palate and an excellent white wine called ‘Albariño, one of Spain’s best, to keep you happy.
And another door of quite a different kind is about to open on the 11th of January. In contrast with the medieval buildings that have made the city famous, a modern 265.000 square-metre cultural complex, the ‘Gaiás Ciudad de la Cultura’, is nearing completion on the Gaiás hill which overlooks the town. New York architect Peter Eisenman, creator of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, took his inspiration for the design from the five medieval streets that radiate from the Plaza del Obradoiro, home to the Cathedral. The Library and Archive will open this month, with the Centre of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Museum of Galicia opening later in the year. The Centre for International Art is set to open in 2012.
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from London Stansted.