Half Day (Duration: 03hrs.30mins. approx.)
Santiago de Compostela
Price from: 55.00 euros
Discover with us Santiago de Compostela the Pilgrimage capital of Galicia. We will start our walking tour thru the streets of the old quarter admiring the main monuments and heritage of this pilgrimage city including the Praterías Façade and Square, the Casa do Deán and Casa do Cabido, the Colegio de Fonseca, the Obradoiro Façade and Square, the Colegio de San Xerome, the Pazo de Raxoi, the Hostal-Parador de los Reyes Católicos (courtyards and chapels), the Acibechería Façade and Square, the Casa da Troia, the Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares, the Quintana Façade and Square and the Cathedral.
The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of the original Romanesque structure (constructed between 1075 and 1211) and later Gothic and baroque flourishes. The tomb of Santiago beneath the main altar is a magnet for all who come here. The cathedral's artistic high point is the Pórtico de la Gloria inside the west entrance, featuring 200 masterly Romanesque sculptures.
The artistically unparalleled Pórtico de la Gloria (Galician: Porta da Gloria) stands just inside the western facade. The Pórtico features 200 Romanesque sculptures by Maestro Mateo, who was placed in charge of the cathedral-building program in the late 12th century. These detailed, inspired and remarkably lifelike sculptures add up to a comprehensive review of major figures from the Bible, with the Old Testament and its prophets on the north side, the New Testament and Apostles on the south, and glory and resurrection depicted in the central archway.
SANTIAGO - WALKING TOUR IN THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF THE ANCIENT PILGRIMAGE CITY
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