Portico de la Gloria
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Sinead L
24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I've visited Santiago several times but had yet to see the Portico. Knowing that the access is restricted for conservation reasons I booked a €10 ticket for timed entry self guided three days in advance. Very easy process, and I was sure my visit was guaranteed. When I entered at the Gelmirez palace door I was directed through the Master Mateo exhibition, which was well laid out and fascinating. I thought this exhibition would lead me to the portico in the cordoned off area of the cathedral but I couldn't work out how, so asked at the desk, only to be told it was now closed to the public for today. It appears that maybe I need to book a guided tour in order to see this great work but I no longer have time during this visit. I would give this experience 1/5 for clarity of information on the website however the archaeological and sculptural legacy of Master Mateo on display was worth the entrance fee. It is better to ask in person at the cathedral a day in advance to ensure your visit.
Written September 22, 2023
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Mark L
Evans, GA642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Only so many can go up there so you should make a reservation. However, if you go to the museum office they do give so many tickets a day to go in there as well. It is very nice and lots to see. There is an app you should download first so you can get the full effect
Written May 7, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,087 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Pórtico da Gloria is the monumental Romanesque portico of Santiago de Compostela created by Master Mateo and his workshop. From base to the lintel, the portico is beautifully decorated with wondrous sculptures. The base and columns are decorated with demons and fantastical creatures, while the upper portions including the jambs, capitals and tympanum are decorated with images of saints and scenes of heaven. The centrepiece of the central tympanum is the Pantocrator, depicting Christ in majesty, presenting the wounds of crucifixion and surrounding Christ, the four Evangelists.

One of the best things to see in Santiago de Compostela. It's just a shame photos are not permitted
Written January 16, 2023
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Prof.Frederic Schwaller
Altorf, France783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Lovely discovery at the arrival on after Camino Santiago on the way to Fisterra.
Milestone Zero marvelous Carvings and Statues for a majestuous entrance
Happy Sharing Happy Outside Happy Pilgrims
Written August 29, 2020
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Jerandnanc
Hartford, CT288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
Unfortunately, the Portico remains is still undergoing needed restoring and is mostly covered so you only can catch minimal glimpses of parts of the portico. The cathedral is worked on continually (continuously?) so there will always be something that can not be seen. My rating is based on the rest of this beautiful facility.
Written April 16, 2015
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Raul C
Montreal, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Business
Brilliant work on this Portico, was built by Maestro Mateo, between 1168 and 1188, you can see the whole influence of the gothic style, there are some of the original pieces that are at the museum of the cathedral and others still at the Portico, but I strongly suggest to see this brilliant work
Written November 11, 2014
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Arnold M
London, UK660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Designed by Master Mateo and added to the cathedral. One could easily spend hours looking at it in detail. But the rest of the cathedral beckons. As many have noted it is under renovation but its slowing close to completion. Make sure you do the rooftop and museum tours.
Written October 30, 2014
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
The famous Portico of the Glory ("Portico de la Glória") at the Cathedral's main façade (towards "Praza do Obradoiro") has been under renovation for quite a while and you won't probably be able to see it fully in the near future. The Portico, a work of romanesque sculpture, was completed in 1188 by Master Mateo, one of the most acclaimed sculptors of that time. The mythic "Tree of Jesse" and the beloved "Santo dos Croques" are out of reach. What is indeed an excellent reason for planning a future visit to Santiago de Compostela! Enjoy the Cathedral anyway!
Written September 2, 2014
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EtonCapital
Dallas, TX167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Tickets are required and they are limited, also, no photos. The portico is not visible from the street and according to the guide there is no plan to make it, so this is the only way you can see the portico. The museum was interesting as it told the story of the school of carvers that made the carvings. However, to actually see the detail carvings without restoration and hear the stories of the Bible the symbols tell was incomparable. You could spend hours looking at them.
Written October 27, 2019
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eyehearttravelling
Buckinghamshire, England297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This is a wonderful sight. You have to book your tickets either online or hope there is space on the day. Having booked ours online we were lucky enough to get ours swapped on arrival in Santiago for an English speaking guide and this took place at 2 p.m. The guide explained the Portico and without this we wouldn't realise what we were looking at! The tour lasts 45 minutes. You are not allowed to take photos. During this we learnt that there is a 'copy' of the Portico in Ourense cathedral so on a wet day we caught the train to look at it. It is similar but without the wow factor.
Written June 9, 2019
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