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During the whole week the citizens and visitors of Santiago could be able to enjoy the show “Dralion” of Cirque du Soleil. The Galician capital is one of the last stops in their Spanish tour. They already had been performing in San Sebastian, Bilbao and Granada.
Santiago cultural city
Many international events are going on in the metropolis. July is a very cool month to visit the city, called the month of Saint James. At the end of the month, the city celebrate the feast day of Saint James, July 25th , but the festivities start some ten days earlier with the presentation of a full program of exhibitions, performances, street theater and concerts.
At midday on 24 July, the cathedral bells ring out to herald the event that will occur that night. The Plaza del Obradoiro square is filled with light and colour in a spectacle that transports visitors to a magical world. The most spectacular feature is the multidimensional projections on the cathedral itself, which appear to bring it to life. Another tradition is to set fire to a firework castle representing the cathedral’s façade.
Regional dances and bagpipes are also part of the festivities.
Concerts and open-air celebrations invade every part of the city to celebrate Saint James’s Day. Inside the cathedral you can see the offering to the Saint and the botafumeiro, a large ceremonial incense burner that is swung vigorously over the lesser crossing, filling the cathedral with the scent of incense.
We love Santiago de Compostela. It is a great place to end the experience of the Camino de Santiago. Traveling to the north of Spain, you will love too. Contact us for more information about this trip.