Puerta Santa

Santiago de Compostela

The cathedral's Puerta Santa, giving access to the cathedral from Praza da Quintana, is opened only in holy years (2021, 2027). Constructed between 1611 and 1616, it's flanked on the outside by 24 Romanesque sculptures of biblical figures transferred here from the cathedral's original stone choir, created by Maestro Mateo and his team in the late 12th century.

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1. Praza da Quintana

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Broad Praza da Quintana opens up outside the cathedral's eastern end. The cathedral's Puerta Santa here is opened only in holy years: it's flanked by 24…

2. Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares

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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…

3. Museo de Arte Sacro

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The Sacred Art Museum, accessed through the church of the Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares, contains the Ara (Altar) de Antealtares, the original altar…

5. Praza das Praterías

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'Silversmiths' Square' is centred on an elegant 1825 fountain, the Fuente de los Caballos, a popular photo op, with the cath­edral's Romanesque south…

6. Fuente de los Caballos

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The plaza on the cathedral's south side focuses on Fuente de los Caballos fountain (1825), a popular photo op, with four elegant horses surmounted by a…

7. Praza da Inmaculada

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On the cathedral's north side, this is where most pilgrims arriving in Santiago first set eyes on the cathedral. Opposite looms the huge, austerely…

8. Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

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The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its…