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Cathedral of Santiago of Compostela

Local name: Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela is the third most common pilgrimage site in Spain (third in the world). The Romanesque cathedral has the largest censer in the world, which requires several men to set it in motion.

In the temple you can see the magnificent high altar, numerous decorative elements and many works of art from various historical periods. The most valuable are Puerta de las Platerias, statues of Jacob with his students, Pórtico da Gloria and bas-reliefs depicting biblical scenes.

The first building in this place was built in 813. In the years 829 and 899 the chapel was enlarged and rebuilt according to the early Romanesque style. It was destroyed during the Moorish reign on the Iberian Peninsula. The temple in its present shape was rebuilt in the 11th-12th century. Due to growing needs, the cathedral was modernized and rebuilt in the 16th-18th centuries.

The cult associated with this place developed already in the early Middle Ages. According to legend, this is the burial place of the Apostle James, which was indicated in the vision of the hermit Pelayo. Walking pilgrimage The Way of St. James to his grave was an opportunity to atone for sins.

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Praza do Obradoiro s/n15704 Santiago de Compostela , Spain