The arrival at Plaza del Obradoiro and the Cathedral of SantiagoI'm sure your feet appreciate it.
It's the moment: The portico of glory Pilgrim awaits you !!
We recommend you admire for a while this wonderful Romanesque style, recently restored. Be impressed! It is not just a decorative ornament (although the photos you give a good account of it), but it is also a visual documentary of all the Bible. It is a representation of the History of Salvation, therefore the main passages of the Old and New Testaments are sculpted. The summit is in Jesus Christ, located in the center, the only mediator between us and the Father, who gives way to the just to be part of the heavenly Glory. Under the Lord is the Apostle James, indicating that he is the recipient of the teachings of the Messiah and also transmits his message.
It was designed by its author in order that the pilgrim understood, at the end of his trip, the meaning of his pilgrimage and of his life. Believer or we do not invite you to go around each statue unraveling its meaning. This is not going to be a waste of time but the culmination of the kilometers traveled, regardless of the route taken: French Way, Path Portuguese, English Way, Path from North, Portuguese coastal way Y Primitive Way.
The portico of the glory of Santiago de Compostela is the masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture. The average age rehearses in Santiago the animation of the figures. The medieval symbolism is realized here through a sculptural group in which the figures speak, sing and constitute a true mystical and religious atmosphere. Its author is the Master Mateo, architect of Fernando II de León, who was able to capture in stone a dense theological message.
The current Portico is not entirely the original, as some of its original figures were removed when the current façade of the Obradoiro was built, and could be visited in the Museum Cathedral. The original portico was polychrome in its entirety, but today only remains of the painting in some points (the passage of time does not forgive).
Traditionally, pilgrims when entering by The portico of glory They have placed their hand in a cavity already deformed by so many pilgrims throughout history. This gesture symbolized that you wanted to become part of the followers of Jesus. Currently such a gesture can not be made for conservation reasons.
Behind mullion There is the figure of holy two croques, the tradition says that it is the same Master Mateo, architect of the basilica and sculptor of the portico. The Compostela students They give three touches with their heads to ask for wisdom and understanding.
Enter the basilica It is a surprising feeling. The first thing you should notice is the great amplitude. The three ships with a barrel vault they create a radically different atmosphere from the outside. Time and space, here inside, are different.
Motion Proposal to explore The Cathedral of Santiago
- Walk to the altar as it is the end of your Camino de Santiago.
- On the right you will find the Pilar and Concepción chapels.
- Later you will be able to admire the original chapel of San Pedro of Romanesque style, and Tomb of the Apostle Santiago (silver urn where the remains of the Apostle rest with those of his disciples St. Athanasius and St. Theodore)
- Get out of the crypt, you're almost finished. Up to GIVE THE APOSTLE HUG If you feel that way, preside over the Basilica from the High Altar. It is a hug between pilgrims.
- Visit the roofs of the cathedral to see the sights of the city, and take a tour of the museum that has no waste.
- Do not forget to visit the Praza das Parteiras attached to the Cathedral, which is named after the medieval guilds of silversmiths who performed their work tasks there. In the center of the square you can see the Fonte dos Cabalos, one of the most beautiful in Santiago.
And remember that you can pick up La Compostela that is issued in the Pilgrim's Office, located at Rua das Carretas 33, next to the Cathedral, upon presentation of Last 100 Kms, to Santiago de Compostela, or the ÚLast 200 Kms, if it was done by bicycle.