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. 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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  • It is really exciting in this Cathedral. The wealth of detail is impressive. A visit not to be missed.
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  • It is impotent, visit the Holy Apostle is another level you can enter to embrace the Holy entrance is free if you want more information you can against an audioguide
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  • The Cathedral is not very large in comparison with others, but very nice. The visit by inside also and we liked very much. Re-fuel in Santiago and building the city emblem.
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  • Big and beautiful cathedral of Santiago where you can check the interior for free and also take a look downstairs, where Santiago is. A lot of events in foreign languages. Your backpack have to stay due to security reasons outside.
  • We booked a rooftop tour. When booking the tour we where not informed that the tour was just in Spanish. When we arrived for the tour at 5 we where told it was in Spanish only. When we asked for a refund we where told it was not possible. The visitors center attended insinuated that we where not telling the truth and was very unhelpful. This is definitely not client centric and tainted an otherwise great stay in Santiago.
  • A holy place with quite a history. Final resting place of James apostle. Nice place to go by foot. An unique and must see place for religious people.
  • the end of Camino de Santiago. very good ending in here.
  • Magnific cathedral in a old town of Santiago de Compostela. The tiny streets around the cathedral with shops and restaurants are definitely a must visit places. There is a huge censer that only can be seen in action in a specific holy days.