Catedral de Santiago (St. James' Cathedral), Bilbao

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Catedral de Santiago (St. James' Cathedral) 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 (St. James' Cathedral) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bilbao attractions using our Bilbao tourist route planner.
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  • Very simple Gothic Cathedral but no less spectacular. I think that simplicity makes it so beautiful. It has a central nave and two side with high ceilings. It has a beautiful body at the entrance. The altar is simple and pretty. Visit PIN. Located in the old town within walking distance of everything, in a picturesque square
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  • Not you caught my attention, it continues to be a church in the old town, just a square and stuck to the houses. In its surroundings there are tapas
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  • Beautiful Windows, impressive organ, interesting sculptures, wonderful light, not spectacular, but sehenswer
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