Culture and traditions

The House of Deán- Santiago de Compostela

The Casa de Deán or Casa do Deán is the Pilgrim Reception Office. It is located on the Rúa do Villar, on the corner of the Plaza de las Platerías, in the monumental center of Santiago de Compostela.

Is a palatial house designed by architect Clemente Fernández Sarela in the mid-18th century. Its structure is typical for these houses in the area: with stables and cellar on the lower floor and noble rooms on the upper floors. From the large hall part an important staircase that connects all levels of the palace.

The style of the facade is baroque compostelano, with the usual geometric decorative figures with Jacobin motifs. Made in granite ashlar masonry with a tile roof, and an important wrought iron balcony.

The house was owned by Doña Xoana de Ulloa and the bishops who visited the city were staying there. Years later, it passed to the Cathedral, for use by deanes. At present it has been used for the reception and information for pilgrims who arrive in Santiago, in addition to the place where pick up the Compostela, at the end of the road.

The schedule Attention is daily, from 9 to 21 hours. More information on the Office website:

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