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This central park is a nice place to walk around, or eat a picnic etc.
It was created in 1835, but the main work was completed in 1885.
Ramon Otero Pedrayo - Galicias famous Geographer described it as ' the finest and perhaps most noble park and promenade in Spain'
Alameda Park contains paths leading to gardens, with plants from around the world.
Eva Peron donated an araucaria after visiting in 1947. The first eucalyptus seeds brought by Friar Rosendo Salvado from Australia were grown here.
Look for the bandstand dating from 1894, and two churches - The Virgin of the Pilar, which was built in 1703, and Santa Susana, which was consecrated in 1102 by Diego Gelmirez, who is recognised as the most powerful Archbishop in the history of Galicia.
There are also many statues and sculptures.
This is now one of Santiago de Compostelas most popular meeting places, it is where the locals go for a stroll, meet friends, and relax.
I'm afraid that I only got a chance for a quick peep into the park, but hope to see more of this lovely park at my next visit.
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If it is not raining in Santiago de Compostela take the opportunity of visiting the Alameda Park at a 10 minutes walk from the cathedral. It is the city’s most representative green space and consists of three different parts: Paseo da Alameda, Carballeira (oak grove) de Santa Susana and
Paseo da Ferradura.
The park borders part of the old town and provides a magnificent view of the monumental west façade of the cathedral. It shows a large variety and size of trees and ornamental species, such as its oak groves. These oak trees are typical from Galicia.
The Paseo da Alameda has three walks, one for every social class of that time; the wealthy classes in the middle, the lower classes on the right; the clergy, professors and elderly on the left.
There is an abundance of statues, fountains, artistic granite and cast-iron benches.
In the centre is the hermitage of Santa Susana; from the eastern part one gets a view over the university Campus.
The atmosphere and views from this park are really pleasant.
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