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Cathedral of Santiago of Compostela

  • Address
    Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, Santiago of Compostela, Spain
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Every day, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • What to see
    Tomb of the Apostle, Museum, Portico of Glory


Romanesque and Gothic style cathedral, built in the 11th century and embellished in the 16th and 18th centuries. It houses the tomb of the Apostle Saint James the Greater, and has been one of the great goals of Christian pilgrimage for more than a thousand years, the Camino de Santiago. It is one of the most representative buildings of the Spanish Romanesque, with a Latin cross plan. On the outside, the Obradoiro façade stands out, next to the square of the same name, and the Portico of Glory, with images representing the Apocalypse of Saint John.

Inside, the crypt with the tomb of Santiago, the Pilar Chapel and that of San Bartolomé stand out, as well as the Gothic-Renaissance style cloister with the Fons mirabilis in the middle. Another attraction of the cathedral is the Botafumeiro, the famous giant incense burner that is used only in Catholic liturgical solemnities, as well as on May 23, anniversary of the Battle of Clavijo, and December 30, feast of the Translation of the Apostle Santiago .

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