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Guided Tours of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Guided Tours of the most sacred Christian monument in Spain. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is a sight worthy of an arduous pilgrim's journey. The cathedral stands majestically on the Plaza del Obradoiro with its towers soaring above the town. The building is an outstanding example of Early Romanesque architecture and was constructed between 1075 and 1211 on the site of an earlier ninth-century church that was destroyed in 997 by Almansor's Moorish army.

No visit of Santiago de Compostela can be complete without a tour of the Cathedral. So, plan at least individually visit the interior of the basilica and attend the famous Botafumeiro Ceremony during Pilgrim Mass.

For those who want to know more about this historical building we offer: individual audioguides tours, private guided tours, tours of the Cathedral Rooftops (where traditionally pilgrims would go after the Camino to burn their clothes after buying new ones in the Obradoiro), the Cathedral Museum visits (where visitors can see the Codex Calixtinus, the oldes guidebook in history).

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Permanent collection

A visit to the history and art of the Cathedral of Santiago through its best works of art. Visitors can journey back in time and discover how from a sepulchre a great cathedral is built. Around it, over the centuries, a city developed together with the Saint James phenomenon and The Way, which has played an important role in the building of the European identity and which has been a World Heritage Site since €1985.
General: €6 / Reduced: €4

Pórtico of the Glory

The Portico of Glory is the western entrance to the Romanesque cathedral. It was designed by the genius of Master Mateo, whose atelier of stonemasons interpreted the passages of the Apocalypse in stone. It is considered a masterpiece of universal art. Visitors may witness the restoration works that are being carried out, sponsored by the Barrié Foundation.
Guided Tour + Permanent collection - General: €10 / Reduced: €8

Roofs of the Cathedral

The stone rooftops of the Cathedral of Santiago are laid out in a staggered form and they can be visited. They offer spectacular views both of the basilica as of the city of Santiago de Compostela.
General: €12 / Reduced: €10

Tribune of the Cathedral

The Cathedral tribune is the corridor that surrounds the perimeter of the basilica, consisting of a second floor above the side aisles. Its style is Romanesque and has a number of interesting capitals. Visitors can walk around its full length to admire its architecture and enjoy an original view of the Cathedral's interior. The visit also offers a view of other artistic elements, such as the organ case or the top of the main altar's baldachin.
Guided Tour + Permanent collection - General: €10 / Reduced: €8

Archaelogical excavations

In the subsoil of the Cathedral, the archaeological excavations carried out during different periods have unearthed many vestiges of the origins of the basilica and of the city. Under the floor an intricate network of necropolis that began in Roman times and lasted until the construction of the Romanesque cathedral can be found, as well as the remains of the early basilicas and part of the first defensive wall around the city of Compostela.
General: €10 / Reduced: €8

Santiago de Compostela Audioguides

The Cathedral of Santiago offers an audio guide service with which visitors can individually tour the interior of the basilica and the different rooms of the Museum's Permanent Collection while listening to an audio tour.
Audiophone rental per 24h: €12 / €3 per download on the App Store or Google Play


Permanent Collection + Rooftops General: €15 / Reduced: €12

*Reduced rate: students, unemployed persons, retired persons, and pilgrims.

Mass times information

Opening times: The Cathedral of Santiago is a sanctuary that is open all year round, from 7am to 8:30pm
Pilgrim Masses at the High Altar: held everyday at 12am and 7:30pm
The Botafumeiro ceremony: (the swinging of a large metal censer in which incense is burned) only occurs on special occassions, Friday evening Mass or when requested in advance (incurs a fee of €300).
List of Mass times: 9:30am, 12am, 18pm (only on Saturdays) and 7:30pm
Sundays and Feast Days: 10am, 12am, 1:15pm, 6:00pm and 7:30pm
Groups arriving in Santiago with a priest may book a Chapel in the Cathedral for a private mass.

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