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Catedral de Santiago, Bilbao
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Catedral de Santiago is the final destination of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route that, during the Middle Ages, was believed to allow the faithful to halve their time in purgatory. Pilgrims still hike for weeks to reach this Cathedral, which legend tells it houses the tomb of St. James, known as Santiago in Spanish. He is thought to be responsible for spreading Christianity throughout the Iberian Peninsula. After his beheading in Jerusalem, his remains purportedly were carried to Galicia on a stone boat. The first church was constructed on the site of his tomb in the ninth century, after the hermit Pelayo saw unexplained lights in the night sky. The Romanesque church that stands there now dates back to 1075. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up an audio guide, or just download it on your phone. Gazing up at the lofty apses and intricate stained glass, and soak up the atmosphere and history of this mystical site. Plan to visit Catedral de Santiago and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bilbao attractions using our Bilbao tourist route planner.
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  • By visiting one of several churches that exist in the city, know a little religious art. Normal Cathedral
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  • The Cathedral was built in the 15TH century in Gothic style and then underwent various modifications over time being its facade reconstructed in the 19TH century in neo-Gothic style. Is located in the helmet old of the city in a small square and has a size small if is it compares with other cathedrals Spanish. Has 51 m. of long and 22 m in width and has a tower Bell of 64 m. of height. Stand out by its beauty it cover ogival, them stained glass, the rosette and the small cloister Gothic of its interior. It has three naves, the central of greater height and the side chapels have. It also has 26 altars and is a place of pilgrimage. In short, a relatively small, very well kept Church which deserves to be visited.
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  • Not it much attention since it is in the historic heart and the square is minuscule. By inside this very carefully. The altar is quite dull, with few altarpieces. That if, it would highlight the stained-glass windows, are very nice. It is a very small Cathedral. Which has seen cathedrals in the area of Castile, thus this does not interest.
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