This map is for those who know that words build cities. It's also for those who wish to discover Santiago through literature because, without a doubt, Compostela is a literary city.
This reality inhabits the city: it transforms the monumentality of its squares, life in its cafés, walks in the parks, it casts light on invisible places which have since disappeared, houses, patios, university buildings, museums... Without literature, we Compostelans could not imagine ourselves.
With this map, understanding the city through its words is possible.
Novelists, playwrights, and poets, with their references, thoughts and texts, transform the monumental and university city, sacred and secular, overpowering and hidden: the gorgeous, invisible city, the closed city above gardens, streets, alleyways, neighborhoods, and tiny villages.
What were the words that built Compostela? We find them in texts that allow us to learn about the present city and in its memory. Words guide us to physical and emotional places where we can recognize ourselves.
Words are a form of survival, they have power, they support us and protect us. They are our essence.
The words to describe the city is the movement this map creates. The places set upon the word are the city we live in or visit. The imagined city, the end of the Way, receiver and transmitter of European thought—these are what define us.
This map, conceived originally by the collective Compostela Literaria, holds immense literary treasures. Residing both in its places and authors, they are our identity, and our way. They build the memory of Santiago de Compostela. This pays homage to them as well.