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“Sandiago de Compostila”

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Watching and following the pilgrims with the shells on their backs stating where they have
visited along the way and Compostila was the last Cathedral to visit. After that there is a
long walk but most of the pilgrims don't do this walk. The Cathedral is set in a large square
and is very impressive upon entering the vicinity. Similar setting to the Vatican in Rome.
The buildings were very dirty outside though and in need of attention. On one side there were lots of steps
up into the Cathedral and inside was like most of the huge Cathedrals in major cities.
lots of paintings of Christ and Saints and Apostles depicting various stages of battle, death
etc. Beautiful organ and lovely setting for mass. Between 12pm and 2pm the pilgrims were
allowed to kiss the Apostle. Other people took advantage of this and myself also, queued
for around 10 mins. to climb the steps behind the alter and do the same. A very strange feeling doing this as usually only the priests get to go behind the statues in this area.
Well worth a visit. and the little streets, and cafes next to this are well worth wandering
around.

1  Thank janet g
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

After walking part of the Camino in northern Spain we arrived in the square at the front of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Although not religious, we attended the pilgrim's mass which starts at 12pm each day. If you arrive in Santiago de Compostela do not miss this amazing event. It is the culmination of the Camino walk. The mass is in Spanish of course, but the architecture of the cathedral, the ambiance of the occasion, the spirituality or religious beliefs of the attendees, combined with the pomp of the service made this a truly memorable occasion. The lighting of the incense and seeing eight men swing it the width of the cathedral was a highlight. If you have time, visit the cathedral when it is empty the next morning to see it in all of its glory and you have the statue of St James behind the altar all to yourself. His relics are beneath the altar if that attracts you.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It's very fussy, baroque style, and like most of the city a little overdone for my taste. Give me a grand gothic cathedral like Leon over this any day. Still it's well worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The history and amount of effort to create such a wonderful building is amazing. Even if you are not religious this cathedral must move you.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Impresive main facade, still it needs some cleaning and maintenance.
The interior is also beautiful, but sometimes crowded. Try to visit it very early in the morning.

Thank Javier G
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