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Discover the surroundings

“Contemporary Compostela: From Siza to Eisenma”

We access to it by the passage formed by the sides of the modern CGAC building and the more traditional Galician Heritage Museum (Museo do Pobo Galego). Side by side the CGAC we find San Domingos de Bonaval and its park designed also by the Portuguese architect. The remodeling project transformed the old garden and cemetery of the Dominican convent into a peculiar green urban area.

Discover the most lively and it-side of Santiago. From our hotel’s galleries we watch from above Mount Gaias with the newest City of Culture designed by Peter Eisenmann. The route on Contemporary Compostela starts very close from the hotel, at the Galician Contemporary Art Center (CGAC) from famous architect Alvaro Siza. Among his major works in the city we find the Faculty of Journalism, located at the North Campus, and the design of Bonaval Park. We take a walk along the most current Santiago.
From the door of the hotel we walk for 5 minutes and reach the CGAC. Architecture is the main attractive of this museum that from the 90s until nowadays is an emblem of the city’s renovation. Built on the boundary of the historic part of town, it melts respectfully in the stone environment with volumes that maintain human scale and create a quiet interior space with high point illumination that transfer prominence to the works that are found on exhibition. The entrance is free and activities, temporary exhibitions and workshops are regularly planned.

We take a walk or a rest on its wavy hillsides and we find a sculpture from famous Basque artist Chillida. We walk through fountains, canals and a refreshing oak wood.
Following Alvaro Siza`s track we walk north to the Campus, passing through the Music Park (Parque de la Música) with the reflection of Auditorio de Galicia on its pond and we reach the Faculty of Journalism. The second great work of this Portuguese master in the city was opened in 1993. White color, volumes and light are protagonists of this building where we can enjoy the open and luminous spaces and even furniture was designed by Siza as well.
The discovery of contemporary Compostela demands also a visit to Mount Gaias and the City of Culture. This is a controversial and expensive constructive and cultural unfinished project that was born with the ambition of being the new cathedral of Santiago. Designed by the New York architect Peter Eisenman, this cultural macrostructure reinterprets the map of the historic town of Santiago with its streets and squares to build an imaginary city from a nowadays point of view. We can visit the three main finished buildings: Library, National Archives and Galician Museum. We visit Mount Gaias in the evening and we can profit to see sunset over the city from there or even some concerts that are scheduled at this time of day with the Sunset at the Gaias season. (Atardecer no Gaias)