Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.


Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, is one of the world's three holy cities. Every year pilgrims from all over the globe flock to the “House of Saint James”, the iconic cathedral that acts as the finishing line of El Camino de Santiago.


  • Steps leading to the Santiago Cathedral.

    The House of Saint James

    In a crypt beneath the Main Altar of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral visitors can find the Tomb of the Apostle Saint James. These holy relics have transformed Santiago into one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the world.

  • The Botafumeiro swinging over the heads of pilgrims at the Santiago Cathedral.

    Botafumeiro & Pilgrim Mass

    Pilgrim Mass usually takes place every day at noon in the Santiago Cathedral, but during Xacobeo Holy Years the number of masses is increased to cover the massive influx of pilgrims. On special occasions, the legendary Botafumeiro — a 19th century massive incense thurible — swings over the heads of the congregation members.

  • Garden at the Parador de Santiago.

    Hostal dos Reis Católicos

    Considered one of the oldest hotel in the world, the 5-star Parador de Santiago is the place to stay in Santiago. Inside its beautiful XV century facilities guests can enjoy a perfect blend of history and luxury, including two top-notch restaurants specialized in local sea food and traditional Galician dishes.

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