Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
It’s hard to describe Cathedral De 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 we visited during a period of intense renovation activity and thus didn't get to see the best of this magnificent building. Would love to come back when the work is finished.  more »
  • Choses as a World Heritage Site more than 30 yrs ago but a HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE for wheel chair visitors. It was very difficult to find where to access asking people on site and on the phone at...  more »
  • It was a very nice place. Very enjoyable with a great history. Great to visit with a tour guide to know small interesting facts. Would absolutely visit again and again. Lots of exterior construction at the moment. Seems to be getting closer to the interior being completed.
  • What an amazing place. One of the best cathedrals I have visited. At present it’s not possible to see as much due to the renovations but the work being done is incredible and well worth it. Do go to the “main” door and take one of the tours of the portico. The detail and information about it is well worth it if you’re interested in the history. This is also where pilgrims used to be able to place their hands on completing the Camino - you can see the indentation but in order to preserve the carving this tradition is no longer permitted.

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