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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

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Explore the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral Museum on a private guided tour. View iconography of James the Great, flawless tapestries, the altar, and the tomb of the apostle.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the location where the apostle Saint James is thought to be buried
  • Enter the library where the ancient Codex Calixtinus manuscript is held
  • Step back in time with unearthed archaeological excavations on the first floor
  • Stroll onto the balcony for stunning views of the Plaza do Obradoiro
  • View depictions of Apostle Santiago and hear about his facinating story

Description

Uncover the art inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. See religious iconography and the reputed burial place of the apostle Saint James. Visit the library where the Codex Calixtinus (the main witness for the Book of Saint James) is held.  Meet your guide and begin at the ground floor of the Cathedral's Museum which has four rooms where you can see the remains that were found in different archaeological excavations. View a map to determine what was standing on this site before the Cathedral.  Admire the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo and various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings. See depictions of both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier, and saint). Listen as your guide tells you about each version and hear about different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, will leave the cloister to focus on the library where the famous Codex Calixtinus is kept.  Arrive at the third a floors which is dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. Head to the the balcony for views from above the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and access the Cathedral without having to wait in line.  Enter the temple to enjoy its different chapels. Follow your guide to the main altar, the holy door, and see what is said to be the tomb of the apostle Saint James. 

Includes

Official guide authorized by the Cathedral's dean Access to Cathedral's Museum

Important Information

  • •There is no elevator inside the museum, so guests will need to take the stairs •You maybe unable to enter the Cathedral during special events like a royal visit of the king and queen of Spain

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

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