Quick Facts on Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
- Short URL
- Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
- Plaza del Obradoiro Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
- Main date(s)
- 1060-1211; 1738-50
- Baroque style Camino de Santiago cathedrals Christian pilgrimage sites pilgrimage churches pilgrimage destinations Romanesque shrines World Heritage Sites (#347; Jan 01, 1985)
- 42.880713° N,
Description of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
Despite its Baroque facade, the present cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is predominantly Romanesque; in fact, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Spain. Construction began in 1060 in the reign of Alfonso VI and was completed in 1211.
Various elements were added in later centuries, culminating in the dramatic Baroque transformation of the exterior in the 16th-18th centuries. The interior of the cathedral, however, retains its pure Early Romanesque style.
April 30, 2012
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