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The Baroque Compostela

The year 1657 can be considered the starting point of Compostela’s baroque period. The urban transformation began with the remodelling of the cathedral. Convents, churches and civil buildings participated in this process, which gave rise to the city’s face and outline that we now admire. In the meantime, work continued on the project to make the cathedral the new standard-bearer of Compostela’s baroque style, culminating in the construction of the Obradoiro façade. Santiago’s baroque period came to an end with the construction of Palacio de Raxoi, which also configured Plaza del Obradoiro. Construction began in 1767, following the engineer Carlos Lemaur’s classicist project.