Iglesia de Santiago Apostol

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, La Coruna

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
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Malgorzata
10,740 contributions
Jul 2020
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it is probably the oldest church in La Coruna. This beautiful Romanesque church is located in the heart of Old Coruna. The church has undergone various renovations. Its interior is very simple, consisting of a single aisle. Inside it houses two carvings of the Virgin, pregnant and nursing. On the tympanum of the main façade, from the 15th century, there is a figure of Santiago Apostol on horseback. In the upper part there is a rose window. The visit is free.
Written June 6, 2021
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
The Church of Santiago is the oldest church in the city and was constructed near the end of the 12th century. It seems to have been constructed over the remains of a Roman temple. The tympanum at the entrance of the church shows a figure of the Apostle Santiago (St. James) riding a horse. The rose windows are very attractive.
Written July 18, 2015
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koyosara
La Coruna, Spain37 contributions
Mar 2016 • Business
While on our self guided tour of La Coruna we visited Iglesia de Santiago Apostol. The mass had just completed and we were allowed inside to tour. There was so much to do in La Coruna we were unhappy that we only a to spend to spend at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol. It was hot as the late afternoon sun shined on us and the shade trees just outside were much appreciated.
Written February 13, 2017
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,628 contributions
Jun 2019
This Church built in the second half of the XII - early XIII century is the oldest in La Coruna. This Church had not only religious, but also civil significance. The city Council met here, and documents and ammunition were stored here, because there were no other rooms. The interior of the Church is still suitable for both the Church and the ammunition depot. The only thing that distinguishes it is the altar led by St. James. Santjago holds a parchment with the Latin inscription "Jacobus Major Hipaniae Patronus" - James is the main patron of Spain. The Spanish kings had made an Apostle of Christ with his preaching of brotherly love and non-violence in mavrovica. In addition to the statue of Santjago, the Church contains other images of Archangel Gabriel, Saint Michael, Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Peter. urally, the Church is a stop on the Northern route to Santiago de Compostela, which will be announced by the cherished shell on the asphalt.
Written April 2, 2020
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John
Lower Sackville, Canada3,618 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is the oldest church in the city. Started originally around the 12th century it has been modified sense. It seems like a very warm and open church.
Written September 13, 2019
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Kopitravel
Vigo, Spain211 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The church of Santiago, near the Praza do Xeneral Azcárraga (Also worth the visit). Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it is probably the oldest church in A Coruña and the beginning of English Way to Santiago.
Written July 29, 2019
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Dave R
Raleigh, NC122 contributions
Feb 2019
A Coruña has had many “tenants” over history — Galicians, Celts, Romans and the Spanish. The establishment of Christianity in this area, cemented the establishment of Spain as the true “owner”.

Located in the historic part of the city, Inglesia de Santiago Apóstol, is one of the centerpieces and symbols of Catholicism in Galicia.

Beautifully designed and constructed, it is a serene atmosphere for reflection. Many nice artifacts and well preserved.
Written February 15, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,985 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The figure of a knight on horseback brandishing a blue sword over his shoulder begs to have its story told. Dial back in time to the 800's when the Cordoban Turks imposed a fee of 100 maidens on the Christian defenders who refused to pay. Santiago appeared to the Spanish commander in a dream inspiring him to fight on. It was believed that the Apostle intervened in favor of the Christians.

Things get a little fuzzy when going back in time but it is also believed that the Apostle James was the pilgrim apostle. And the result is a delightful merging of (1) Santiago Matamoros (warrior king on horse), (2) Pilgrim Apostle (with staff), and (3) St. James the Elder (one of the 12 Apostles to Jesus).

Inside the church, we could see statues depicting warrior Christians/winged angels slaying Muslims. There is also a primitive statue of the Pilgrim Apostle with his staff and gourd. Tomb-like outlines on the wall, as well as a bench-tomb, suggest at least a couple of very important people are at rest here. Two statues inside depict Mary nursing her child and also a noticeably pregnant Mary, subjects not found in too many churches.

About 300 years transpired between this Christian/Muslim battle (when the dream occurred) and the when this church was built; sometimes things live long in the memories and minds and DNA of the people.
Written October 11, 2018
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This church was built in the 12th century in Romanesque style. Although it has had some renovation work, the character and style of the original is remarkably well preserved in a region where Gothic and Baroque features have been imposed on so many mediaeval churches. The carved arch above the rear façade is superb, one of the most attractive in Galicia. Much of the interior was damaged in a major fire, but miraculously, the statue of St James was saved. Very well worth visiting this site.
Written October 5, 2018
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Camillo P
Cambridge, UK25 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This is simply a very nice Romanesque church in the Old Town. It is an interesting sight to see, as most Spanish churches one sees are much more recent. The interior is very interesting and so is the exterior. Overall it is a beautiful visit and no tour of the old town would be complete without.
Written August 24, 2018
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