Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
It’s hard to describe Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela as anything but awe-inspiring, and visitors often walk away from it muttering "How in the world did they build this?" Completed in 1211, the World Heritage–listed cathedral is the reputed burial place of Saint James, one of Christ’s apostles. Historically an important place of pilgrimage for believers from around the world, the building is a Romanesque structure with later Gothic and Baroque additions. The cathedral soars high above the city center and features a portico with 200 sculptures created by Master Mateo, a renowned sculptor and architect of the 13th century. Incredibly detailed, these sculptures represent major figures from the Bible, with the Old Testament on the left, the New Testament on the right, and the section under the central archway reserved for scenes of the Resurrection. Stop by for daily mass, or check online for available tour options. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santiago de Compostela trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • A lifetime experience. After such a long way you finally get here, and the Cathedral does not disappoint you. Huge and expiring, it's what you've ben waiting for, for so many kilometres. Just enjoy!  more »
  • Arriving at the Cathedral and town after walking the CAmino was an overwhelming emotional experience. Mass and service was beautiful. Will treasure my”Compostela” certificate. Actual travel was in....  more »
  • This Cathedral must be seen to be believed. From the exterior facade to the incredibly ornate high altar, side chapels and organs, it just takes your breath away. and make sure you go down into the.....  more »
  • It was a very nice place. Very enjoyable with a great history. Great to visit with a tour guide to know small interesting facts. Would absolutely visit again and again. Lots of exterior construction at the moment. Seems to be getting closer to the interior being completed.
  • What an amazing place. One of the best cathedrals I have visited. At present it’s not possible to see as much due to the renovations but the work being done is incredible and well worth it. Do go to the “main” door and take one of the tours of the portico. The detail and information about it is well worth it if you’re interested in the history. This is also where pilgrims used to be able to place their hands on completing the Camino - you can see the indentation but in order to preserve the carving this tradition is no longer permitted.
  • Impressive cathedral with a lot of history. The only reason for 4 stars is that there is a lot of work going on with scaffolding around. One section is completely blocked off but you can see the area through peep holes. Quite a long queue to see the tomb of St James. Lots of decorative features. Worth a visit, especially once the work has been completed.
  • Without doubt the must see location in Santiago. Even those without a particular spiritual inclination will find this temple and its history extremely interesting. Pilgrims perform the St James rituals, which are well signed and easy to follow. Limited passes for the Portal are available at the pilgrims office.
  • The museum is fascinating and the church is of course very interesting but it is currently under pretty comprehensive renovation and very little of the interior and large sections of the exterior cannot be seen. The queue to see the shrine of Saint James was absurdly long and took a very long time and with so little else to see inside the church felt rather disappointing. I would skip the church and head straight for the museum which has many treasures and is more worth your time. At least until the renovations of the church itself are complete.

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