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Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

Santiago de Compostela is situated in the northwestern part of Spain.The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro Square, in the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the three important Christian pilgrimage destinations in the world, the other two are Jerusalem and Rome. The construction of the cathedral started in 1075 and continued until the 12th century. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James (Spanish: Camino de Santiago), the destination of the pilgrims is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle Saint James. The tomb of the apostle is situated in the crypt of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Three other important historic buildings on the Plaza del Obradoiro are the Palacio del Rajoy, the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos and the Colegio de San Jerónimo. 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 construction of the cathedral started in...

Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The construction of the cathedral started in the 11th century during the reign of King Alfonso VI of Castile. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, their destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle James.

  1. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The construction of the cathedral started in...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The construction of the cathedral started in the 11th century during the reign of King Alfonso VI of Castile. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been walking the Route of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Way of St. James, their destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the tomb of the apostle James.

  2. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: The statue of 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 of 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 forehead of the statue in order to receive some of his wisdom and intelligence. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela stands on 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 is the largest censer in the world. The cathedral is situated in the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

  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 the...

    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 of...

    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, an uncountable number of pilgrims from all over the world have travelled to the crypt and the remains of the apostle.

  6. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The High Altar of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The silver reliquary with the bones of the...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): The High Altar of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The silver reliquary with the bones of the apostle Saint James is situated in the crypt, the crypt is situated below the High Altar. For centuries, this silver reliquary is the destination for millions of Christian pilgrims. The silver mantle of the apostle is situated in a narrow passage behind the High Altar.

  7. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): One of the bronze pulpits of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela...

    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town): One of the bronze pulpits 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. The 12th century was the heyday of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Today, each year more than 200,000 pilgrims walk the Way of St. James to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

  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 courtyard...

    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 bronze 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) was declared 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. The...

    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 Torre...

    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 two 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 by Royal Eijsbouts in the Netherlands in 1990. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  11. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) - Cape Finisterre is situated on the Atlantic Coast, 90 km from Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Cape Finisterre is the final destination for...

    Cape Finisterre is situated on the Atlantic Coast, 90 km from Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the pilgrimage route to Santiago the Compostela. 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. Cape Finisterre means 'End of the World'.