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Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro Square, in the Old Town of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites, the other are Jerusalem and Rome. The cathedral was built in 1077. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James (Spanish: Camino de Santiago). The final destination of the pilgrims is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of St. James. The tomb of St. James is located behind the High Altar in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Other important historic buildings in the Plaza del Obradoiro are the Palacio del Rajoy, the Hostal del los Reyes Católicos en Colegio del San Gérónimo. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

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Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral was built in the 11th century during...

Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The cathedral was built in the 11th century during the reign of Alfonso VI of Castile. For more

than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James,

their final destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle

St. James. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  1. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral was built in the 11th century during...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    The cathedral was built in the 11th century during the reign of Alfonso VI of Castile. For more

    than 1000 years pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James,

    their final destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle

    St. James. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  2. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: The statue Santo dos Croques, the Saint of the Bumps on the Head, was made by Master Mateo, he also...

    Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: The statue Santo dos Croques, the Saint of the Bumps

    on the Head, was made by Master Mateo, he also created the Romanesque Pórtico da Gloria.

    Tradition is to knock your forehead three times gently on the head of the statue in order to

    receive some of his wisdom and intelligence. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela lies

    in the Plaza del Obradoiro, the main square in the old town of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 

  3. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - The dome of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the Eye of Providence. The dome contains the pulley mechanism to swing the...

    The dome of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the Eye of Providence.

    The dome contains the pulley mechanism to swing the Botafumeiro, one of the most

    famous and the most popular symbol of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    The Botafumeiro of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the largest censer

    in the world. The cathedral is located in the old town of Santiago de Compostela.

  4. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The Botafumeiro hanging from the vault of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Botafumeiro is...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The Botafumeiro hanging from the vault of the Cathedral

    of Santiago de Compostela. The Botafumeiro is the largest censer in the world, weighing 80 kg

    and measuring 1.60 metres in height. The Botafumeiro is one of the most famous and popular

    symbols of the cathedral. The Botafumeiro is made of a combination of bronze and brass, it is

    plated by a thin layer of silver.

  5. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The silver reliquary chest containing the remains of the apostle James in the crypt of the Cathedral...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The silver reliquary chest containing the remains of

    the apostle James in the crypt of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Inside

    the 19th century silver reliquary chest is a cedar box, divided into compartments containing

    the remains of the apostle and two of his diciples. From the 9th century until today, pilgrims

    from all over the world have travelled to the crypt and the remains of the apostle James.

  6. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The High Altar of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The reliquary of the apostle St....

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The High Altar of the Cathedral of Santiago de

    Compostela. The reliquary of the apostle St. James is located below the High Altar, the silver

    reliquary with the bones of the apostle St. James can be viewed from the crypt. For centuries,

    this silver reliquary was the final destination for millions of pilgrims. The silver mantle of St.

    James is located in a passage behind the High Altar.

  7. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The pulpit of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The pulpit of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage

    destinations in the world, the other two are Jerusalem and Rome. For more than 1000 years

    pilgrims have been walking along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. Today, each year

    about  200,000 pilgrims walk to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

  8. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The courtyard of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is surrounded by a Gothic cloister. In the...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The courtyard of the Cathedral of Santiago de

    Compostela is surrounded by a Gothic cloister. In the courtyard are several old bells of the

    cathedral. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the most important building of the

    UNESCO World Heritage: Santiago de Compostela (Old Town). Santiago de Compostela

    (Old Town) gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985. 

  9. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the statue of Zebedee, the father of the apostles James and John....

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the statue

    of Zebedee, the father of the apostles James and John. The statue is situated on the column

    to the left side of the High Altar. On the column to the right side of the High Altar is a statue

    of Salome, the mother of the apostles James and John. The apostle James is also known as

    James Maior, James the Greater.

  10. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The bell towers of the cathedral are called the...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    The bell towers of the cathedral are called the Torre das Campás and the Torre da Carraca.

    The towers were built in the 12th century. The 14th century Clock Tower is called the Torre

    del Trindade or Berenguela. Two of the current bells were cast in the Netherlands in 1990.

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  11. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the pilgrimage route to Santiago the Compostela. Cape Finisterre is...

    Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the pilgrimage route to Santiago

    the Compostela. Cape Finisterre is located on the Atlantic Coast, about 90 km from Santiago 

    de Compostela. Finisterre means 'End of the World'. The origin of the pilgrimage to Cape

    Finisterre is not certain, in pre-Christian times it was possibly associated with the status of

    it as the 'End of the world', Jesus sent his apostles on mission to the very end of the world.