Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela

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It’s hard to describe Cathedral of 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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  • August 20, 2017
    Unfortunately due to renovations much of the Cathedral was not open to the public. The overcrowding makes the environment a bit too chaotic.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Breathe emotion. The altar is very nice and if you stand a few minutes, you'll see the Fund people on James ' hands, hugging him. I recommend making the tail to embrace to Santiago, it is very emotional. That Yes, people with reduced mobility could not go. And if you're going with cart, of security guards it and pick them out.
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  • August 20, 2017
    It was exciting to be in a pilgrim's mass and share the feeling of achievement with hundreds of people from different parts of the world. It is definitely a place of worship beyond religion. Beautiful architectural jewel with a historical plus!
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  • Another one of the must see pieces of architecture in Europe! Not only for religious people and the city itself is nice to walk through sand soak in the atmosphere.
  • Go at the end of mass to watch the swinging incense burner. It's an incredible Romanesque cathedral that's open to the public. Go to the tomb of St. James, which doesn't have nearly as long a lineup as his statue.
  • The end of the Caminos. The center point of the pilgrimage. A giant cathedral built to celebrate the apostle Santiago or St. James.
  • Definitely the center of the city in all aspects. Walk through and appreciate the architecture. For more history visit the museum next door (Cheap and interesting).
  • This is the must place to visit in Santiago. An old and authentic cathedral with an interesting exhibition.

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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

Lodging in the city's old district is the most scenic option. Some hotels even offer rooms in renovated historical buildings near the cathedral. Consider a stay in Monte do Gozo, a small town just outside the city that offers 2,000 beds to weary pilgrims.
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