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Santiago de Compostela

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Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, A Coruña, Galicia, ES-15705, Spain (42.88042 -8.54586)

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Name: Santiago de Compostela topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 42.72042 -8.70586 43.04042 -8.38586
Minimum elevation: 0 m
Maximum elevation: 898 m
Average elevation: 300 m

Santiago de Compostela

The cathedral borders the main plaza of the old and well-preserved city. According to medieval legend, the remains of the apostle James were brought to Galicia for burial; in 813, the light of a bright star guided a shepherd who was watching his flock at night to the burial site in Santiago de Compostela. This site was originally called Mount Libredon and its physical topography leads prevalent sea borne winds to clear the cloud deck immediately overhead. The shepherd quickly reported his discovery to the bishop of Iria, Bishop Teodomiro. The bishop declared that the remains were those of the apostle James and immediately notified King Alfonso II in Oviedo. To honour St. James, the cathedral was built on the spot where his remains were said to have been found. The legend, which included numerous miraculous events, enabled the Catholic faithful to bolster support for their stronghold in northern Spain during the Christian crusades against the Moors, but also led to the growth and development of the city.

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