A challenge promted me to dive back into the archives… This dates back to a long weekend that my wife and I visited the pilgrim’s town of Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain in 2006
Detail from the Cathedral of Santiago De Compostela.
The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Greater, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. It is the destination of the Way of St. James (popularly known by its local denominations: Galician: Camiño de Santiago, Portuguese: Caminho de Santiago, Spanish: Camino de Santiago, French: Chemin de St. Jacques, German: Jakobsweg), a major historical pilgrimage route since the Middle Ages.
Construction of the present cathedral began in 1075, was consecrated in 1128, and a university was added in 1495. It has been embellished and expanded between the 16th and the 18th century.
One of the peculiarities of the Cathedral, is that since it was built and extended over several centuries, it features a wide variety of architecture styles, from Romanesque to Baroque, with influences and elements from all over Europe. Different styles are reflected in the style of each of the four façades of the church.
This is the silhouette of the Western façade, shot from the back while standing on the church roof.
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