How to visit the University of Santiago de Compostela

If you thought that the university was a place reserved only for undergraduate students, that is because you still do not know what the University of Santiago de Compostela can offer.

The University of Santiago de Compostela stands out for having a great cultural, architectural and scientific heritage, accumulated throughout its more than 500 years of history. We are going to see some of the most interesting aspects that we can visit in this university.

Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Santiago de Compostela.

How to visit the University of Santiago de Compostela

The College of Fonseca

The University of Santiago de Compostela is full of points of interest that are worth knowing. Tours usually begin at the Colegio de Fonseca, a Renaissance-style building that was built during the 16th century and ordered by Alonso III de Fonseca.

The purpose of this building was to serve as the headquarters of the University.

Inside this building, you can visit the cloister where we will find a bronze statue of its founder and where, in addition, with a bit of luck, we can find an exhibition of paintings or photographs. This cloister stands out for the color of its flowers that invade the rest of the building with joy.

The noble hall

Another of the most common places to visit within the University is the Noble Hall. In this room, the opening and closing of university courses are held and it is a room where both its stained glass windows and the shields of the founders of the University stand out.

The layout of the room is a large central corridor where on its sides we find different seats at various levels, which serve to indicate the academic rank.

The presidential table at the back of the room is reserved for the rector and the most important positions within the university.

Library America

Continuing with the visit, another room that is worth visiting is its Biblioteca América. For many, it is the most important stay at the University. It was created in 1926 and its purpose was to make American culture known.

This room is completely covered with wood and of course, with a large number of books. Due to its content, this library looks more like an American museum, since we can find all kinds of elements of its culture, from coins and books to maps and flags.

The most important book in the collection is a replica of the Book of Hours of Fernando I de León, a book that was written in 1055 and that contains all kinds of prayers and prayers for every day of the year. In the library you can see the replica of it, since obviously the original book is well guarded.

Finally, the tour would end at the headquarters of the Faculty of Geography and History, where in addition to being able to delight ourselves with its library, we can end the visit with impressive views of the city from its roof terrace.

You can find more information on the official website of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

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