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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Under renovation. Very old but lavish. Cathedral is made if cement and stones but the decoration of main altar is good leaf.
  • Very impressive, huge cathedral with an interesting history. A mixture of different architectures from different epochs. Wow visiting with a guided tour, but also requires some reading homework to be prepared (otherwise you won't get much and will be bored)
  • I've seen better cathedrals in spain. Beautiful in the outside, it needs maintenance inside, actually it seems it's going under maintenance, in terms of architecture the place is nice. Considering the Catholic Church was once rich and powerful and they were also murderers and pedophiles, none of that dark past can be seen, feel free to visit the place with your family and children, the priest don't seem to be on of those dirty degenerate we see often on this type of buildings
  • Superb. My wife completed the 800km Camino in Sept 2017 and I & our 5 yr old travelled from Australia to Santiago de Compostela to meet/congratulate her. We were VERY fortunate to witness the botafumerio swinging through the soaring Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela - the highlight of every pilgrims trip on the Camino de Santiago.
  • It's a cathedral. If you have seen a lot of cathedrals you can give this one a miss. But if you're in Santiago then do go, especially if the are going to swing the Botafumeiro - a famous thurible (swinging incense burner).

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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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