Saint James of Compostela Cathedral

Schedules of Saint James of Compostela Cathedral

Basilica (Sepulchre of Saint James the Apostle)

  • Every day, from 7 am to 9 pm – Entrance by the door “Puerta de Platerías”.
    Closing on December 25th and January 1st (delivery of the Compostela in the sacristy of the Cathedral).

Address: Praza do Obradoiro. 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Espanha.


(visits to the permanent Collection / Gelmírez Palace / Portico of Glory)

  • Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Pilgrim’s Reception Office (Rúa Carretas 33.)

  • From 10 am to 6 pm.

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Saint James Cathedral history

The apostle James the Elder is one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. The brother of John, the evangelist, son of Zebedee and María Salome. Together with Peter and John, he belongs to a group of three privileged disciples who were admitted by Jesus at important moments in his life.
According to the Acts of the Apostles, James was the first apostle martyr, disqualified by order of Herod Agrippa around the year 43 AD in Jerusalem. Tradition tells how his body was transported by sea to other locations, being buried in a forest, where the Cathedral stands today.
Bernardo el Viejo, director, and Roberto, began construction of the Romanesque cathedral in 1075, under the reign of Alfonso 6 and his bishop Dom Diego Peláez.
After this initial stage, there was a new impulse at the time of Arzobis Gelmírez, in the year 1100, by the Master of Cutlery. The construction of the Cathedral progresses throughout the 12th century, in 1168, Master Mateo, finishes the western structure and the choir in the nave.
In 1211 the consecration of the Basilica was celebrated with the presence of Alfonso 9th.
Although the medieval structure was mostly maintained, the fidelity of the Cathedral varied with its construction in the Renaissance of the Cloister and its ancient spaces, and throughout the Baroque, where works such as the main chapel, organs, head of the head of the Obradoiro, among other works.
During neoclassicism a new façade of the Azabachería was created and in recent years, several improvements were made.


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  5. Monuments and museums in Porto
  6. Monuments and museums in Portugal
  7. Monuments and museums in Paris

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