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Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Address: Praza Do Obradoiro, S/N, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Phone Number: 0981 583 548
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Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing

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To be honest I would not describe myself as very religious but we attended the Pilgrims Mass on returning back to Santiago and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

To be honest I would not describe myself as very religious but we attended the Pilgrims Mass on returning back to Santiago and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, I can't even desribe it, you just have to go and see for yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a majestic approximately 1000 old edifice. The Cathedral and more specifically the tomb of St. James buried underneath is the goal of an ancient historic 800 km pilgrimage called Camino Francés – which starts near Biarritz in France and passes through the Roman town of Saintes (which we also visited). We could see why this cathedral is such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A classic Gothic interior, but for extra enjoyment take a guided tour of the roof. The museum, attached to the cathedral is interesting, but perhaps only to those interested in religious memorabilia, and particularly to those who can read Spanish!

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

During my 170k walk to Santiago I envisioned what it would look like upon arrival: crowds, celebrations, music, bells, cheering. What I found was a church covered in scaffolding and an empty rainy square and church doors locked. Oh well. I didn't walk the Camino for the ending; I walked it for the journey, and what a journey it was!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

It's hard to be totally objective as it had taken me five weeks and an 800km walk to get here, so it was always going to be special. The interior is glorious and take the chance to do the rooftop walk - not a problem if you don't have a head for heights and really interesting. The fact the Cathedral... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

the cathedral lives in the center of old town surrounded by 3 palaces and charming medieval streets. Great atmosphere and great views. Highly recommended

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A masterpiece of Romanesque art, Santiago de Compostela - one of Christianity's greatest holy cities. We didn't have enough time to take in all the beauty, one needs to visit several times and even then there will be something you have missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

There are certain places in life that are magical, one cannot explain why but they do change your life forever. The Cathedral is one of those places. I was told that if I were to hug the urn with the rests of St. James all my sins would be forgiven. I am a religious person but am not into symbols;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

An interesting Cathedral, under renovation at the moment, so there is scaffolding on the front and at the high alter. Access to the tomb of St.James and steps to embrace the statue are still possible. there are services regularly throughout the day in at least one of the side chapels.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This site is a historical must. Of particular interest was a disturbing post-reconquista statue of a St James as crusader with the Arabs he's slaying "photoshopped out" by a border of white flowers placed in front of them. I also enjoyed the brilliant "Catholic kitsch" shop, incl. mini-rosaries in shiny plastic covers and BMV turned into a variety of artifacts.... More 

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