Santiago Cathedral is again looking magnificent as the scaffolding that had been covering its facade for nearly 5 years has now been removed.
Camino pilgrims arriving in Santiago will get to appreciate the full beauty of the Cathedral’s facade again, after restoration works have been completed.
Works on the Portico da Gloria archway are also nearly finished and expected to be finished ahead of St James Day, 25th July.
Cathedral restoration works inside the cathedral will still continue and they are expected to be completed in 2020, just in time for by Holy Year 2021.
Here’s a picture of Santiago Cathedral back in 2013 before the works began:
Construction of the cathedral began in the 11th century on the site of a chapel dedicated to St James and were the remains of the Apostle were allegedly buried.
The building of the cathedral started a golden era of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Over the centuries, different elements and styles have been added transforming the original Romanesque building; particularly in the Baroque period.
Santiago Cathedral is a UNESCO listed heritage site since 1987 and has been a destination for thousands Camino pilgrims for hundreds of years.
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