Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares
Museo de Arte Sacra
The Sacred Art Museum, accessed through the church of the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares , contains the original altar raised over...
Praza da Quintana
Broad Praza da Quintana opens up outside the cathedral's eastern end. The cathedral's Puerta Santa here is opened only in holy years...
The cathedral's Puerta Santa, giving access to the cathedral from Praza da Quintana, is opened only in holy years (next in 2021)....
Casa das Crechas
There's no better place for Celtic and other live music. Head to the tightly packed downstairs bar about 10.30pm most Wednesdays from...
Squeeze past the cheese-shop counter into the thin, cellar-like bar area behind, where you'll receive exceedingly generous free pinchos ...
Praza da Quintana · interesting places nearby
Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares information
The long, stark wall of the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares faces the cathedral's east end across Praza da Quintana. Founded by Alfonso II in the 9th century for Benedictine monks to look after St James' relics, it was converted to a nunnery in 1499.
Up the steps at the top of the plaza, you'll find the entrance to the convent church, above which stands the beatific figure of the 10th-century Galician child saint San Paio, his throat being slashed in reference to his martyrdom in Córdoba. The church gives access to the Museo de Arte Sacra , containing the original altar raised over the Santiago relics. At 8pm (7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday) you can hear the nuns sing Vespers in the church.