We start our morning with the final delicious breakfast knowing that today is bittersweet: our last day together. To begin we will meet our local art historian of Santiago for an enriching tour of the Cathedral.
Once we have arrived inside the ‘walled’ part of the city, we 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 lots of change since the construction of the first chapel in the early ninth 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 west Romanesque 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 almost 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, we leave you to participate, if you wish, in the pilgrim’s mass at noon. We hope that you enjoyed your journey, and we can’t wait to see you again soon!