Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Guided Tour

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Experience Highlights

Discover the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. On this unforgettable experience you will visit one of the most visited Catholic temples in Spain, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Get ready to learn about the tomb of St. James the Apostle.

This activity includes a professional guide, who will lead you through the interior of Spain's leading Romanesque work of art. You will have the opportunity to walk among the choirs and see the innumerable chapels that this temple houses, as well as seeing the famous botafumeiro and accessing the Cathedral Museum. You'll also get headphones, so you won't miss a single detail of the guide's explanations.

  • Enjoy a tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, one of the most amazing Romanesque works of art in Spain.
  • Together with an expert guide, you will learn about the life of the apostle St. James and the history of this marvellous monument that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
  • Visit the Cathedral Museum and delight yourself with every detail of the cathedral: the botafumeiro or the Corticela Chapel.

What’s included

  • Entrance to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Entrance to the Cathedral Museum
  • Entrance to the Portico of Glory (if the option is selected)
  • Tour of the historic centre (if selected)

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Step by Step

Art and religious lovers will love this experience which consists of a guided tour of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Discover the secrets and charms of the jewel of Romanesque art. An expert guide will accompany you at all times to provide information of interest and you will also get headphones to listen to it better.

Explore every corner of this Christian temple, the balconies with incredible views, the tomb of the apostle Santiago or the Chapel of Corticela. It is considered one of the most representative centres of Christianity and stands out especially for being the end point of the Way of St. James.

Its construction lasted from 1075 to 1211 and as you explore it in depth you will find, in addition to remains of Romanesque art, traces of Gothic, Baroque and Spanish Gothic architecture.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela represents an artistic, religious and cultural symbol with tremendous influence. By housing the remains of the apostle St. James, this place became the main pilgrimage centre in Europe. Its heritage value is reflected in the fact that it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Thousands of people walk on pilgrimage to Galicia from different places to reach the Cathedral, although nowadays it is more common for leisure purposes. The temple has around sixteen chapels and the most iconic elements are the Great Altar, the botafumeiro, a purifying object since the Middle Ages, and the Portico de la Gloria, among others.

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4.3
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    Lorraine Sistowski
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    The tour was very informative.
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    Ava kabouchy
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    Excellent guide
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    Laura Remme
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    Great tour informative and very thoughtful!
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    Lorraine Sistowski
    5
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    Most excellent and thorough tour.
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