We kick off our morning with a hearty breakfast, aware that today carries a mix of
emotions as it’s our last day. After breakfast, we meet our local art historian of
Santiago for a guided tour of the Cathedral.
Once we step into the historic part of the city, the Cathedral is just a short, pleasant
stroll away. The Plaza de Obradoiro, the square facing the Cathedral, holds a special
significance for the thousands of pilgrims who complete their pilgrimage.
The square is surrounded by some of Santiago’s most notable landmarks, including
the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos in the Plateresque style (Spanish Renaissance), the
Palacio de Rajoy, the Colegio de San Jerónimo, and ultimately, the Cathedral of
Santiago de Compostela.
Our guide will tell us about the extensive transformations undergone by this structure
since the construction of the first chapel in the early ninth century. The interior of the
Cathedral unfolds in a progression of Romanesque styles, showcasing a classic layout
typical of pilgrimage cathedrals. Inside the Cathedral, the unequivocal highlight is
the Pórtico de la Gloria, the west door, a masterpiece crafted by Master Mateo and
completed in 1188. The Pórtico de la Gloria boasts over 200 sculpted figures,
seemingly coming to life as they interact realistically.
The grandeur of this final visit, along with the meaningful journey, makes every step
along the trail worthwhile! After the tour of the Cathedral, you are free to join, if you
wish, the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon. We trust you’ve enjoyed your journey and can’t
wait to see you again soon!