Catedral de Santa María


Lugo's serene cathedral, inspired by Santiago de Compostela's, was begun in 1129, though work continued for centuries, yielding a stylistic melange ranging from Romanesque transepts to the neoclassical west facade. The ultra-baroque high altar is surrounded by colourful stained-glass windows. Behind it sits the beautiful Gothic image of Nosa Señora dos Ollos Grandes (Our Lady of the Big Eyes). Spanish-language guided visits (per person €5; minimum five people) at noon and 1pm climb to the towers and visit the 18th-century cloister.

Outside, just above the north doorway, the sculpture of Christ in majesty is a masterpiece of Spanish Romanesque stone carving.

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