On the Way of St. James


Praza de San Martiño

15704  Santiago de Compostela - A Coruña

42º 52' 55.9" N - 8º 32' 38.0" W


The Church of San Martiño Pinario combines features from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, very common throughout the city. The floor plan consists of a single nave, with side chapels forming a rectangle. The huge central nave is covered with a cannon vault with false ceilings, and the three side chapels have vaulted ceilings. The large ribbed dome, supported by pendentives, gives the construction a light, airy feeling. Notable interior features include the chapels, mostly built in the 18th century, and the three altarpieces from the same period. There is also a splendid lower choir dating from the 17th century, depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin. The three altarpieces were designed by Fernando de Casas. Over the years, the monks also commissioned and added images, most of which were made by the sculptor José Ferreiro. On the outside, the church facade, which is accessed via an incredibly beautiful Baroque staircase, is divided into three vertical bodies, corresponding to the interior divisions of the temple, the only richly decorated portions of the outer walls.The facade is covered by a number of carvings of saints, and is crowned by the scene of San Martiño.

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route
Portiguese Route by coast
The English Camino
The Fistera-Muxía Camino
The French Camino
The Northern Camino
The Primitive Camino
The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla
The Winter Camino
Vía de la Plata