This accessible historical tour will give you a great overview of the history and scenic spots of Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important cities in Europe. Besides, it is the third most important city in the world for Christian pilgrimage. Pilgrims from the four corners of Christendom flocked to visit the magnificent cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Beneath the stunning cathedral’s high altar are enshrined the remains of St. James the Apostle, revered by pilgrims that have walked there from all over Europe, since the Middle Ages and continue to do so today.
Starting with a visit to the cathedral, your guide will give you a complete description. Moreover, the guide will show you the interior. It is rich with decorations around the high altar and there is plenty of interest to explore. At the base of the central pillar, you can find the Tree of Jesse. Here pilgrims have long paused to place a hand, a gesture that, repeated over the centuries, has worn finger-sized indentations in the stone. You will also visit the Jubilee Door which opens only for the pardons of each Jubilee Year and the tomb of Saint James. Perhaps the most important piece of the cathedral is the ‘Portico da Gloria’. These lintels are in place since 1188 and are one of the principal works of Medieval sculpture.
Next, outside the Cathedral, you’ll visit Plaza del Obradoiro and Plaza de las Platerías. Santiago de Compostela is a national monument and the spacious squares, long stone arcades, and surrounding buildings make it one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain. The squares are situated at two of the four points of the cross-shaped cathedral. Furthermore, you will explore the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town with your guide. Afterward, we will stop for local lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants serving Galician dishes, before we return to the port.
Highlights of the Accessible Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela:
- Explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Caminos de Santiago
- Learn about the cult of St. James of the Greater Saracens
- Attend the mass at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
- Marvel at the historical and architectural beauty the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has to offer
- Visit the Santiago de Compostela Historical Center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site