Santiago de Compostela (also Saint James of Compostela) is a World Heritage City, pilgrimage destination, culture capital and example of historical, urban and environmental regeneration, which attracts thousands of visitors due to its singularity.

The folk etymology for the name "Compostela" comes from the Latin "Campus Stellae" (i.e., Field of Stars), but it is unlikely, that such a phonetic evolution takes account of normal evolution from Latin to Galician-Portuguese. A more probable etymology relates the word with Latin "compositum", and local Latin vulgarism "Composita Tella", meaning "burial ground" as a euphemism. Many other places in Galicia share this toponym (with identical sense) and there even exists a "Compostilla" in the province Leon.

Santiago, the capital of Galicia, is also a centre of institutional services, with a privileged location on the Atlantic Axis. The city also has a deep-rooted university tradition, which supplies innovative business initiatives with technological and scientific resources.


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