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Santiago´s Cathedral and Historic Quarter

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Santiago´s Cathedral and Historic Quarter

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The Way of Saint James

The Ritual of Visiting Santiago Cathedral

Visitors to Santiago Cathedral come across a ritual that pilgrims have been carrying out for almost a thousand years.

  • Portico of Glory

    Portico of Glory

    The itinerary begins by facing the Portico of Glory, one of the most remarkable Romanesque sculptures.

  • Portico of Glory involves making one’s way to the main altar...

    Portico of Glory involves making one’s way to the main altar...

    ...and facing the gold image of St. James. In front of this, the pilgrim must carry a memento for all those who have helped him or her on their journey.

  • Finally, a narrow stairway...

    Finally, a narrow stairway...

    ...leads down beneath the main altar to a little golden crypt, containing the Saint’s remains.

The itinerary begins by facing the Portico of Glory, one of the most remarkable Romanesque sculptures, by the MasterSculptor Mateo, erected in a perlod of twenty years and finished in 1188. A sculpture of the Apostle James stands on top of a column, which rises up like the trunk of a tree.

Portico of Glory involves making one’s way to the main altar and facing the gold image of St. James. In front of this, the pilgrim must carry a memento for all those who have helped him or her on their journey along St. James’Way. Then he or she must go behind the altar, up several steps, until they come on a level with the Apostle’s back, and embrace him round one or both shouiders.

Finally, a narrow stairway leads down beneath the main altar to a little golden crypt, containing the Saint’s remains.

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