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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Praza Do Obradoiro, S/N, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
0981 583 548
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral   The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the most famous place for pilgrimages in Spain. Santiago (St. James... more »
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Rehovot, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice cathedral but... nothing different from all the other thousands of cathedrals across Europe... Don't go there during mass time because it will be packed with people, better wait for normal visiting hours.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Over-rated structure built with unfair taxes on early pilgrims. Too ostentatious and grandiose for my liking. Prefer the simpler, more authentic churches along the Camino. Currently both towers undergoing renovations. A great disappointment.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Just managed to catch mass but the therible was not swung, only on special occasions! Shrine of St. James is a Catholic place of pilgrimage and the end of the walk.

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Okemos, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Cathedral is wonderful to look at both from the outside and inside. Inside, you can visit the crypt when the remains of St. James is located and go up behind the altar to touch and hug his statue. There's a pilgrims mass at noon and at 19:30 but make sure you don't carry a backpack as it is not... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is an unforgetable place. Everybody who travels to Spain should go there.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

By which I mean shiny and spectacular. Massive queues for lots and a slightly bouncy infant meant we just had a nosy but it's quite impressive. The amount of gold in there is quite incredible. Outside like many of the churches and public buildings the age of empire building is also evident as it merges into the old town.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Having travelled extensively round Spain I have seen many beautiful Cathedrals that outshine this one. The outside of the Cathedral is stunning. On the inside it was a mixture of styles and I expected more somehow of a "wow" moment so did feel underwhelmed. Perhaps on my next visit to Santiago when I complete El Camino next year I will... More

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After walking 500 miles to get here we expected to be over whelmed. Problem is that you end the hike on the side of the building not in the big plaza. You really need to read Mitchner's Iberia first to realize what is in this church. We read it afterwards and we missed a lot of things!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

One of the most impressive and wonderful cathedrals in the world. Worth visiting the roofs with the orgainised visit. It shows a different perspective of the building and the city, with spectacular views of it. The cathedral is located in the old town, on the beautiful Plaza del Obradoiro square and surrounded by beautiful streets and alleys full of shops... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wonderful city - amazing cathederal - the focal point for pilgrims who complete the camino walk - the noon time pilgrim mass is awesome - especially when the incense holder swings the entire length of the cathederal -

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