The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important and historic buildings in the city. This Catholic place of worship was built between 1075 and 1211. It has been a Cultural Heritage Site since 1896 and is the reputed burial place of Saint James, the apostle of Jesus.
The cathedral and the city around it was one of Europe’s most important places of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, and it still is today. This place of worship is situated in the old city centre, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Each of the exterior walls of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, along with their adjoining squares, form a magnificent urban area. The Obradoiro façade, the cathedral’s principal façade, is in a Baroque style and was built in 1740 by Casas Novoa. Its name refers to the masonry workshop that was located on the square during the construction of the cathedral, as obradoiro means workshop in Galician. This façade, the most impressive of the four, was built to protect the ancient Glory Portico that dates back to 1188 and was designed by Master Mateo: you’ll see it once you’ve passed the Obradoiro façade. The Glory Portico is an ancient piece of artwork with a Romanesque structure that contrasts with the other façades. The north façade, or Acibecharía (jet) façade, was designed by Ferro Caaveiro and Fernández Sarela, although it was later modified by Ventura Rodríguez. The south façade, known as the Platerías (silverware) façade, was built by Master Esteban in 1103. Finally, the east or Quintana façade was begun under the supervision of José de Vega y Verdugo and completed by Domingo de Andrade in 1700.
To visit Santiago de Compostela and admire its architectural marvels, we recommend that you park your car in our Saba car park at the train station, situated at number 75A Calle Hórreo: that way you can enjoy exploring the city on foot.