Monuments on the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela

Beautiful Santiago de Compostela is famous world-wide for its Gothic Cathedral, the resting place of the Apostle Saint James and the end of the Camino de Santiago. But inside the old Medieval walls that surround the City there is much more to discover for those who allow themselves to wander and who know what to look for. In this article, we would like to give you a bit more insight on the monuments that make the most stricking and important of the 5 squares of the Cathedral – The Plaza del Obradoiro.

The Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the Camino

What monuments will you find on the Main Square of the Plaza del Obradoiro

The Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

The main facade of the Cathedral has a style that is unique in the world known as Compostela Baroque. It was built, by the architect Fernando de Casa y Noboa between 1738 and 1750. Continue reading Monuments on the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela

The 2016 Year of Mercy & the Opening of the Holy Door in Santiago de Compostela on Holy Years

On the 13th of December 2015, the Archbishop Barrio of Santiago de Compostela opened the Holy Door of his Cathedral under the recommendation of the Pope Francis in honor of the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is an extraordinary event as the Holy Door should only be opened on Jubilee Years, when the Feast of Saint James, the 25th of July, falls on a Sunday.

Opening the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela The Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from inside[/caption]

According to Catholic traditions, walking the Camino on a Holy Year or during the 2016 Year of Mercy and entering the Cathedral of Santiago through the Holy Door gives believers plenary indulgence.

In this post, we would like to explain what this means and what happens on traditional Holy Years.
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Using Santiago Matamoros for political reasons in Medieval Times

In the middle of the 9th century, the Iberian peninsula was a large, bloody battlefield, as a result of the constant fighting between Christians and the Arab invaders. The south of Spain was controlled by the Arabs where they consolidated their supremacy by converting much of the old Visigoth élite to Islam. Still, Galicia, parts of Leon, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque area have not been subdued (where the French Way passes).

Santiago Matamoros in the Cathedral of Burgos
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