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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  • The Cathedral is a must for pilgrims as the crowning moment of the days exertions. Participation in a mass is recommended. For this, you should consider waiting times at the inlet. Incense cauldron will be swinging only during the 12 o'clock - fair. A tip for wheel Pilgrim, for €3 per day can ensure under you his bike at the post office. It is recommended to explore the city on foot, very crowded.
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  • The Cathedral is just wonderful. Beautiful in every detail, in every one of its chapels, with an incredible story! When I was in restoration, so I guess I missed some details, what motivates me to come back again!
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  • The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and is an integral component of the Santiago de Compostela World Heritage Site in Galicia, Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great, the apostle of Jesus Christ. It is also one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, the other two being St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai in India. The cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James since the Early Middle Ages and marks the traditional end of the pilgrimage route. The building is a Romanesque structure, with later Gothic and Baroque additions.
  • The cathedral is the resting place of the remains of Saint James the Greater who is one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. As a result of this, it is the destination for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) and has been since the Middle Ages. The building is a predominantly Romanesque structure with later additions adding both Gothic and Baroque features. You cannot miss it at the heart of the city and it is a place not to be missed out. The cathedral is built in granite masonry with roofs in slabs of the same material. It is a Romanesque construction on a Latin cross ground plan, with a longitudinal arm and transept in three aisles, an ambulatory in the sanctuary and a tribune that runs along the whole perimeter; side chapels are arranged along the whole interior with their own individual space. We were quite impressed.
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