Art, history, culture, faith: these, and other elements, blend perfectly and harmoniously in Santiago de Compostela. Today, with its splendid Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, it is one of the most beautiful urban centers.
From the 1985, the Old Town Santiago de Compostela It has been included, for good reason, among the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Of its splendid historical center, the marvelous Cathedral is certainly the place of greatest charm and suggestion; as well as the symbol of Christianity, which attracts more and more tourists each year. And, as such, it is the most visited place and, therefore, the most touristy.
This sumptuous Romanesque art monument was built where the remains of the apostle of Jesus, James the Greater, were found. It is one of the greatest Catholic sanctuaries in the world. See it in all its majesty really leaves you stucco ... despite the crush and the continuous scaffolding. Imagine, what should the faithful experience when they see this wonder, after traveling endless kilometers on foot or by bike along the Way!
According to legend, King Alfonso II of Asturias built a small church in the place where the body of the Apostle was found. The church, later enlarged, was completely destroyed (except the tomb) by the Arabs in the 10th century; they bought up everything, including the doors and bells that were brought to the Cordoba mosque! It is in the 1075 that the work of the current Cathedral began.
A monumental seventeenth-century staircase precedes the baroque Fachada do Obradoiro, that is, the main entrance to the Cathedral. On either side are the two medieval towers: the Torre das Campus and the Tower de Carraca. The interior, wonderful, preserves some incredible jewels: the Portico of the Glory, represents the masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture. There Capilla Mayor it is the real heart of the Cathedral; here is the main altar with the statue of St. James: ipellegrini, climbing a staircase behind the altar, can embrace the statue and kiss the mantle. Under the altar, however, is the Crypt in which the relics of the Apostle and his disciples are kept.
La Basilica is open every day, from 07: 00 to 20: 30.
Il Cathedral Museum is open every day of the year, Sunday and holidays included, from April to October, from 09: 00 to 20: 00; from Novembe to March, from 10: 00 to 20: 00. Closed the 01 / 01, 06 / 01 and 25 / 12.
TICKETS: by purchasing the Permanent Collection Ticket, you have the right to access the Museum and the Cathedral. Tickets cost € 6,00 per adult and € 4,00 reduced. Entrance from Plaza do Obradoiro. The Combined Tour, however, is a ticket that allows access to the Museum, the Cathedral and the Cathedral Roof; includes guided tour. The full ticket costs 15,00 €, reduced 12,00 €.
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The Old Town Santiago is also a fantastic succession of streets, alleyways and beautiful squares, like Plaza do Obradoiro. You will be enchanted! This beautiful square, embodies the spirit and beauty of Santiago. From here, in addition to the spectacular and majestic facade of the Cathedral, you can admire some beautiful buildings; Palacio Gelmírez, a beautiful building of the twelfth century, the seat of the Archbishopric; theHospital de los Reyes Católicos, a splendid fifteenth-century building, now home to the luxurious 5 extra-luxury star Parador de Santiago, also known as the Hostal de los Reyes, belonging to the Paradores chain. Pazo de Raxoi (Palacio de Rajoy), on the west side, is a classical construction of the eighteenth century; it is the seat of the Ayuntamiento and the Presidencia de la Xunta de Galicia, or the Government of the Region.