Pazo de Raxoi, Santiago de Compostela
Arbishop Raxoi ordered to build this Palace (Pazo/Palacio) in 1.766 as residence of the children's choir, and now it houses the City Hall, Galician Culture Council and some offices of the Xunta de Galicia government, including the Galician President’s Office, so, it's not possible to visit.
The most modern construction in the Obradoiro is the Pazo de Raxoi, a huge and elegant neo-classical building of the 18th century, and currently shared by Santiago City Council and the Presidency of the Government of Galicia. It was built by order of Archbishop Bartolom? de Raxoi and Losada. In the center, triangular part of the building can be seen a small depiction of the battle of Clavijo with a large sculpture of St. James above it.
The Raxoi Palace was ordered by Archbishop Bartolomeu Raxoi to house the choir boys and the seminary. This neo-classic building was constructed in the 18th century, following a design of the French engineer Charles Lemaur (inspired in the French Academy).
The façade it's 90 meters long and in its centre there is a white marble relief made by artisans José Gambino and José Ferreira that represents the Battle of Clavijo. There is also a statue of St James on horseback.
Nowadays this well kept building houses Compostela´s Town Hall, the Galician Culture Council and some offices of the Xunta de Galicia regional government.
18th c. Praza do Obradoiro. This palace, which closes Praza do Obradoiro opposite the Cathedral´s west façade, was commissioned by Archbishop Raxoi in 1766 in order to house the boys of the choir and seminary. The construction work was carried out by the French engineer Charles Lemaur. The long open façade with an elegant porch gives the building a marked horizontal nature. In the centre of the façade there is a pediment with a marble relief representing the Battle of Clavijo, made by Gambino and Ferreiro, crowned by a statue of St. James on horseback. The rococo stairway, also designed by Lemaur, stands out inside. It presently houses Compostela´s City Council, the Galician Culture Council and some offices of the Xunta de Galicia regional government.
Rajoy's Palace is a huge and elegant neoclassical building of 18th century, located opposite to the cathedral. It is used today as the city council of Santiago.