Iglesia Santiago Apostol reviews
This church dates back to 1638 and is old an intricate and worthwhile seeing.Very detailed and elaborate inside.Worth a visit. more »
It is located in Cathedral Square and is distinct for its vertical bands. or stripes of color It is a starting point for a pilgrimage to the Santiago de Compostela (Cadiz to Sevilla). We visited... more »
The Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol, also known as the Baroque Santiago Church or the Church of Santiago, Cadiz, faces south-east into Plaza de la Catedralas (Cathedral Square) and located directly next to Cadiz Cathedral which faces north-east into the plaza. Based on designs by Jesuit brother Alonso Romero, the church was built in 1635. It doesn't look much at all from the outside however inside is a different story. The interior is dramatic with spectacular wood carved altarpieces and sculptures from 17th and 18th century and houses a number of baroque works of some famous local artists like Alejandro de Saavedra. Sadly it was closed when I was last in Cadiz however, I managed to get a snap of it's bell tower from the top of Cadiz Cathedral.
. The Church of St James - la Iglesia de Santiago Apostol - is a beautiful building whose beauty is undervalued, perhaps, due to its position. In the Plaza de la Catedral, it is overshadowed both literally and figuratively by its neighbour, the emblematic Cathedral which is the best-known and best-loved monument in the whole of Cadiz. Who could possibly win against such a rival? It started life in the 1560s as a hermitage, but in one of the frequent sea battles at the end of the 16th century was hit by cannonballs fired against the town by the joint Dutch and English navies, and was practically destroyed by the ensuing fire. The disadvantage of being so near to the sea! It was then rebuilt in its much larger current form, still small compared with the gigantic cathedral just across the way. It is also less ornate both outside and inside, with few signs that it was once part of the "empire" - if one may call it that - of the Jesuits. The bell tower is its dominant feature outside. On the wall near the main entrance is a small cockleshell - the symbol of the Pilgrimage to Compostela, showing that it is a recognised stopping place en route. Bit of a detour for most pilgrims! .
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