Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Put Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santiago de Compostela travel itinerary planner.
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  • A lovely place, where the air seems to be so much emotion! The climate is of overcoming, conquering, faith! It is worth visiting and observing the details!
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  • I attended mass here after completing the Camino and was extremely and positively impressed with the fewer ornate chapels dedicated to families and clergy in Spanish history. The building is great and...  read more »
  • I didn't do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela but know people who have and have talked with Pelligrinos(pilgrims) in the last week. Going to the cathedral and attending the Missa para los Pelligrin...  read more »
  • Magnific cathedral in a old town of Santiago de Compostela. The tiny streets around the cathedral with shops and restaurants is definitely a must visit places. There is a huge censer that only can be seen in action in a specific holy days.
  • Absolutely stunning cathedral open to the public and continuing to function as a vibrant Catholic church. Known as the final resting place of James the Apostle and the customary end of the pilgrimage route called the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrim's mass where they fly a giant censer from one side of the church to another on a rope is not to be missed. So rich in history and detail, this church is one where you could spend hours and still not see it all. I would also recommend the connected museum and taking one of the special tours like the one that allows you onto the roof of the Cathedral as the sun is starting to set. One of the highlights of my recent visit.
  • The most beautiful and elitest place to visit in Galicia is Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Spain.
  • One of the most impressive cathedrals you can see.
  • Huge beautiful cathedral. Visit during the hours of the pilgrims' mass to see much of the inside for free. Go to the museum if you'd still like to see more
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