With more than eight centuries of history, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important monuments in the world. Designed in the Middle Ages to hold the remains of James the Apostle, the temple is not only one of the main centres of pilgrimage of Christianity, but is also considered a masterpiece of architecture owing to its singular design and careful ornamentation.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela started to be built in the year 1075, coinciding with the consolidation of the Camino de Santiago. Projected according to the rules of Romanesque architecture, the medieval temple was the result of a long construction process in which diverse masterbuilders participated, amongst which was Master Mateo, the creator of the Portico of Glory, a landmark in medieval art that refers to the triumph of Jesus Christ by means of a complex iconographic programme.
Between the 17th and 18th centuries, Santiago Cathedral was subject to diverse refurbishments that meant new elements could be introduced that were in tune with new aesthetic tastes, such as the Obradoiro Façade, which has ended up converting into the most recognised image of the Compostela temple. By means of these refurbishments, erratically developed and with no unique global plan, the cathedral incorporated into its medieval structure characteristics typical of the Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles, which contributed to highlighting the symbolic importance of the site that holds the remains of Saint James (Santiago) the Apostle.
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