Of the seven gates that once led into the city, only this one still stands.

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Mazarelos Arch

Remains of the old city wall

Once upon a time during the Middle Ages Santiago de Compostela was a walled city, an urban fortress that protected its dwellers. There were seven gates allowing access to the city, of which only the Mazarelos Arch still stands; all the others were demolished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Built of granite, the Romanesque arch has become a real symbol of the capital of Galicia. In fact, it is one of the most visited monuments in the historical center, a place where tourists can feel they are stepping into another bygone era. Located between Plaza de Mazarelos and Cardenal Paya, it was through this door that the precious wine from Orense entered the city.

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