During medieval times, the popular meeting point in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) was known as the “Forum”, a place where the town crier announced news of the municipality and the Archbishopric. The place later became the mercantile center of the city earning itself the name of “Plaza do Campo”.
The peasants sold food and other merchandise in this square.
Once this plaza was abandoned by the merchants due to the construction of the “Mercado de Abastos” around the end of the 19th century, the area was re-named “Plaza de Cervantes”.
A bust of the creator of “Don Quixote” crowns the fountain in this square.