Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs

Notable not only for its exterior, but also for its four inner courtyards.

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Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs

An old historic inn

A definite must-see in the Galician capital, this grand and ancient hostel was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, after a visit to the city in 1486. Built early in the sixteenth century as a hospital to treat the weary pilgrims who completed the Way of Santiago pilgrimage across northern Spain, it is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro across from the Cathedral. The best part of the building? Its magnificent Plateresque Gothic façade, behind which four courtyards form a Greek cross that will wow you with their stylized arches and air of mysticism. Today it's a 5-star part of Spain's chain of Paradors, and one of the most luxurious lodgings in town.

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