<p>Entering the basilica is a surprising sensation. The first thing you should notice is the vastness. The three aisles with barrel vaults create an atmosphere radically different from the outside. Time and space, in here, are different.</p>
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<h2>Proposed Itinerary to Explore the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela</h2>
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<li>Walk to the altar as it’s the endpoint of your Camino de Santiago.</li>
<li>To the right, you’ll find the chapels of El Pilar and La Concepción.</li>
<li>Next, you can admire the original Romanesque chapel of San Pedro, and the <ahref=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/blog/la-tumba-del-apostol-santiago-y-sus-origenes”target=”_blank”rel=”noopener noreferrer”><strong>Tomb of the Apostle Santiago</strong></a> (a silver urn containing the remains of the Apostle along with those of his disciples San Atanasio and San Teodoro).</li>
<li>Leave the crypt, you’re almost done. Climb up to “<strong>Give the Embrace to the Apostle Santiago</strong>” if you feel like it, which presides over the Basilica from the Main Altar. It’s an embrace among pilgrims.</li>
<li>Visit the cathedral’s rooftops to contemplate the city views, and take a tour of the cathedral museum, which is absolutely worth it.</li>
<li>Don’t forget to visit the Praza das Parteiras adjacent to the Cathedral, named after the medieval silversmith guilds that used to perform their work there. In the center of the square, you can see the Fonte dos Cabalos, one of the most beautiful in all of Santiago.</li>
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And remember that upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela, you can stop by to pick up <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/blog/como-obtener-la-compostela” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>The Compostela</a> issued at the Pilgrim’s Office, located at Rua Das Carretas 33, next to the Cathedral, upon presentation of the Pilgrim Credential certifying that you have walked at least the Last 100 Kms on foot, for example, the <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/caminos/a-pie/camino-frances/ultimos-100-km” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Camino de Santiago from Sarria</a>, or the Last 200 Kms if you have done the <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/caminos/en-bicicleta” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Camino de Santiago by bicycle</a>.
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It has been a long wait but after years of restoration of the <b>main facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela</b> (Plaza del Obradoiro) and the <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/blog/portico-de-la-gloria” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Portico of Glory</a>, they now display a more renovated appearance.
<h2>REFURBISHMENT OF THE CATHEDRAL AND THE PORTICO OF GLORY</h2>
A thorough refurbishment to remove the “blackish” color and even the moss that was already growing on some of its stones.
All with the aim of an intense restoration program <span class=”s1″>so that the entire Cathedral can display its best attire in the <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/blog/ano-santo-2021″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>upcoming Holy Year 2021</a></span> and whose works will continue until then. Visits to the Portico of the Glory are open to the public during the Festivities of the Apostle Santiago.
<p class=”p1″><strong><span class=”s1″>In groups of no more than 25 people and lasting about 15 minutes</span></strong> you will access from the staircase of the main facade of the Plaza del Obradoiro. You can <a href=”http://catedraldesantiago.es/informacion-sobre-las-visitas-al-portico-de-la-gloria/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>visit the Portico of the Glory</a> until Autumn, at which point it will be encapsulated to prevent damage during the reforms of the interior of the Cathedral itself.</p>
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With a cost of about 17 million euros, the works on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela include not only the aforementioned facade of the Plaza del Obradoiro and the famous Portico of Glory but also the rehabilitation of the facade of the Plaza Quintana, the cleaning of the Clock Tower and those of Xelmírez and Abades, as well as roofs, the restoration of the Portico, and the interior rehabilitation of the basilica (the latter being slower and involving access and visit restrictions, as well as the operation of the Botafumeiro that pilgrims like so much).
Santiago de Compostela and its Cathedral await you, discover the <a href=”https://www.mundiplus.com/en/caminos/a-pie”>main walking routes of the Camino de Santiago</a> that lead to the city that houses the remains of the Apostle Santiago.