In the history of architecture In Galicia, the initiative of the nobleman plays an essential role, sometimes promoting his own large private house surrounded by gardens and farms, sometimes in need of a castle, due to war vicissitudes, or many others for social and religious reasons, such as the architecture of hospitals and buildings for public use. In Castile we have the castles, in Galicia the pazos, and in both territories we also have hospitals; some buildings are still privately owned, but others have public and tourist use, such as some of the most famous pazos and paradors in Galicia that we are going to present in the following article. Of course, many of them are on the Camino de Santiago, and if you make the pilgrimage to Compostela you will be able to visit some of them.
Parador of Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)
Known as Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, this iconic building stands on the north side of the Obradoiro square in Santiago de Compostela. Belonging to the Paradores hotel network, it was built between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century as an initiative of the Catholic Monarchs and under the direction of the royal architect Enrique Egas, as a much-needed hospital for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Today considered by some the oldest hotel in the world, since in 1953 it was converted into a Parador by the Spanish State, it contains an endless number of cloisters, courtyards, halls, impressive rooms and balconies and, of course, a lot of history and unique views of the facade of the Obradoiro. If someone important comes to visit Santiago de Compostela, we assure you that they will sleep here.