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Cathedral of Saint James

Plaza de Platerias, Santiago de Compostela 15704, Spain
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    There is a "Pilgrims Mass" every day at noon to welcome and honor pilgrims completing the Camino De Santiago pilgrimage. However, the cathedral is open all day for you to come in and out. If you see a giant silver bell-looking object hanging from a rope above the alter, that means the Botofumeiro, a must see tradition within the Cathedral, is set to swing the next day at noon. If you see a wooden pineapple looking object hanging from the rope, that simply means the Botofumeiro is not scheduled to swing. I advise going to a local service in the evening, it is a much more intimate crowd and you'll have more space and freedom to view the tomb of Saint James and to embrace the Saint. It is very crowded during the Pilgrims Mass.

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    The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world, in which, in the crypt are the remains of St. James or St. James the Greater, patron saint of Spain.
    It is thought that here was found the body of St. James for the first time in 900, the reasons which prompted the then King of Asturias to make building a church in his honor.
    It was destroyed several times, changed and rebuilt, until you get to date with the Romanesque style given to her at the end of 1000.
    The cathedral is also the goal of almost famous Camino de Santiago, in any event is of great beauty Obradoiro front, especially at sunset, which is painted in beautiful colors. The facade is in Baroque style and was erected to protect the porch of glory, as much exposed to the elements.
    The Obradoiro faces west and is the main entrance of the cathedral, which is accessed by a monumental stairway.
    Flanked by two tall towers over 70 meters on the right is the Tower das Campas, with the statue of St. Mary Salome, mother of St. James, on the left hand is the statue of Zebedee, father of the apostle, and is called Torre by Carraca.
    At the center, in the upper part of facade, stands the statue of Santiago.
    Inside the cathedral, then there is the Portico of Glory, which has three spans with cross vaults.
    Remarkable is also the famous Botafumeiro, namely the world's largest incense burner, and whose movements should be run by eight people.

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People who enjoy architecture, religion, history or culture do not want to miss out on the Cathedral of Saint James. This beautiful piece of history is located in Santiago de Compostela in the lush countryside of Spain. The church is built on a hill in the middle of the city, offering a gorgeous view of Santiago and the surrounding areas. Historians and pilgrims love to visit this church due to the important shrine dedicated to Saint James the Greater. The best time to visit the church is near the end of the day as it is less busy and offers an amazing sunset view.

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