After breakfast, our local art historian of Santiago will meet you at the hotel for an enriching tour of the Cathedral.
Once you have arrived inside the ‘walled’ part of the city, you are a short stroll from the Cathedral. The Plaza de Obradoiro has unofficially become “kilometer 0” for the thousands of pilgrims that complete their pilgrimage every year.
The Plaza is flanked by some of the most important monuments in Santiago: the Plateresque style (Spanish Renaissance) Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, the Palacio de Rajoy, the Colegio de San Jerónimo, and finally, the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela.
As you will learn from our local guide, this structure has undergone several changes since the construction of the first chapel in the early 9th century. The interior of the Cathedral is a progression of Romanesque styles and presents a classic layout for pilgrimage cathedrals. However, the architectural jewel of the Cathedral is unquestionably the Pórtico de la Gloria, the Romanesque west door. This masterpiece is the work of Master Mateo and was completed in 1188. The Pórtico de la Gloria boasts over 200 sculpted figures that appear to come to life as they realistically interact amongst themselves.
This magnificent final destination, as well as the meaningful journey, make it all worth it! After a tour of the Cathedral, you can participate, if you wish, in the pilgrim’s Mass at noon. We hope that you enjoyed your self-guided journey, and look forward to seeing you again soon!