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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  • We went for the Pilgram's ceremony after doing a camino. This was one of the most spectacular of the Cathedrals we saw in Spain in the Galacian area. The ceremony was amazing too.  more »
  • Beautiful place the magnificent cathedral. Worth it to go. The people are really friendly
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  • Pity that I happened that there were the work of rebuilding and I couldn't see it in full without the suspended ceiling.
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  • If it is your only trip, then wait until the restauration works of the main facade will be over; else go visit this wonder straight away...
  • Incredible...stunning...impressive! This church is amazing, not only for its artistic beauty, but its historical value. It was a very welcome sight at the end of the Camino journey (and I only did 9 days). You could spend days here and not catch a sight of all the beauty and symbolism. The botofumier is awesome, and I was blessed to see it swing at a Mass. They do a great job at keeping out 'tourists' while Mass is going on. Mass times can be crowded, especially if its a pilgrim Mass, but afterward it seems to empty out a bit. The day after we arrived in Santiago, I entered the church in the morning, and almost had the place to myself. I didn't have to wait in line to venerate St. James' relics, and was able to spend some more time in prayer there. Even if you don't hike the Camino, which I would strongly recommend, this is a place you must experience.
  • Impressive cathedral. I would say its a must visit, if you are around North-Western Spain (Galicia) or even Northern Portugal (just cross the border, catch one of those frequent trains). The Pilgrim's Mass was the most special experience one would have in an ancient cathedral. Fantastic, unforgettable experience indeed!
  • It's a pretty old Cathedral I'm pretty big. Nothing very special as I've seen tons of cathedrals in Spain. If you're in the town go see it if not it's not a big deal if you miss it
  • This church has been created during medieval times and continuously preserved over the years. Such a huge and impressive cathedral. Few things to see here: 1. St James' crypt. It's actually right under the main altar. 2. Chapels on the side-aside from the main altar, there's a lot more capilla (chapels) on the side of the church. Notice that the statues of the chapel are all entirely different: one capilla has wooden altar; one capilla has ivory-like statues; and one altar is pretty modern and made out of marble. This shows that these capillas were constructed in different time periods. 3. Notice that the church only allows electronic candles (maybe a way to preserve the church interior). 4. Get some souvenir at the gift shop connected to the cathedral
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