The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

October 3, the morning after a late night…

I left you with the pilgrim having his photo taken in front of Santiago’s cathedral. Unfortunately for the pilgrims, the cathedral, at least as of October 2014, was under renovations and didn’t make the greatest shot.
Renovations on the Cathedral of Santiago de CompostelaBut, go through the door of the cathedral, featuring scallop shells, the symbol of El Camino de Santiago…
The door of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela features scallop shells, a symbol of El Camino de Santiago…and you enter another world, one with huge arched ceilings,
Vaulted ceiling with arches inside the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spainand light streaming down through the stained glass windows.
Cathedral In Santiago de Compostela in SpainThe story goes that in the olden days, when the pilgrims gathered in the cathedral after their long pilgrimage without access to amenities such as showers, they were perhaps a bit ‘whiffy’. Enter the huge incense burner. This was swung like a pendulum, back and forth, to cover up the odour of the pilgrims.14SpSdeCIncenseBurnerCatedralwA saint stands in one of corners.
A saint in a corner of the cathedral in Santiago de CompostelaOne last view of the cathedral as we leave for a stroll about the town.
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain I leave you with a note from Jessica, a long-time resident of northern Spain: the Cathedral, obviously, but you can also visit the roof (cubiertas) for 10€ through a guided tour in English, and while it is under construction you can also visit the andamios (scaffolding).

More on our October 2014 trip to Spain.

8 responses to “The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    • They were very clever with the lighting in the old days – I can just imagine it all smoky with incense with a powerful organ music booming through the pews and an angelic choir. No wonder the pilgrims thought they had arrived at heaven when they finished their long pilgrimage…

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