Museo Catedralicio, Santiago de Compostela

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Enrich your visit to the adjoining cathedral by also going to Museo Catedralicio. Tour parts of the cathedral not publicly accessible, such as the Treasure Room and Relics Altar. Visit the archeological excavations or head up to the roof for a panorama of city sprawling below. The museum also boasts tapestries by Goya and Rubens, as well as large library. Signage is only in Spanish, so for a fuller experience for those who do not speak the language, buy the accompanying audio-guide and learn about what it was like to arrive in Santiago as a pilgrim. Also note that the museum is spread over four floors and has no elevator. Use our Santiago de Compostela trip planning tool to visit Museo Catedralicio on your trip to Santiago de Compostela, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One more after the visit of the Cathedral which you will discover new treasures. I liked the paintings on wood in relief. Two incredible altarpieces at the level of the cloister have amazed me. Not to mention the view on the main square.
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  • This museum tells the story in a very educational and interesting way. If you use audio guide best, insurance will be very satisfied!
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  • If you like to read and learn about where you are visiting and how its become whta it is today then this is for you. They even have a couple rooms with videos. It also shows what they are doing in the...  more »
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  • Museum full of history and treasures. You can also look around hidden side of the cathedral and look down the plaza from its balcony. If you are a big fan of Santiago or a pilgrim, you must visit this place. Entrance fee is 6€ and for pilgrims/students 4€.
  • The museum provides excellent background information about the construction and history of the cathedral. It also showcases the cathedral's extensive collection of art, historical items, and liturgical objects. Pilgrims can get discounted tickets. If you do not speak Spanish make sure to pick up an audio guide as almost all explanations are available only in Spanish/Galician. Once you finish the tour of the cathedral and museum, you can also proceed to another section of the cathedral museum, which tells the story of the ongoing restauration works. The entrance is on the other side of the Porta de la Gloria. Unfortunately, nearly all explanations are again only available in Spanish/Galician and no audio guide is available for this section. However, you can just use your ticket from the main museum for this section as well.
  • A lot of history even if some of the pieces are , at the moment, on display in other museums. The downside is that you are not allowed to take pictures.
  • A beautiful Cathedral.
  • Great place to learn about the history of this amazing cathedral.

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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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