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Catedral de Santiago, Bilbao
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Quite small for a cathedral it had a nice feel to it. Shame that the explanation panels weren't in English.
It is at the center of casco viejo, a small one but beautiful from outside and inside. The houses around are as well interesting in architected and colors.
A visita a Catedral de Santiago é um momento para contemplar uma belíssima arquitetura e orar em meio ao corre corre de uma viagem. Também na Plaza de Armas está o Museu de História do Chile, que vale... read more »The visit to the Cathedral of Santiago is a moment to contemplate a beautiful architecture and praying amid the run run a trip. Also on the Plaza de Armas is the Museum of the history of Chile, that is worth to be visited.show original
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