Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Location

The Cathedral of Santiago De Copmostela is located in the city of Santiago de Compostela. It is in the Plaza de Platerias. Galicia Spain is the state where it is.

Description

Pope John Paul the 2nd referred to the cathedral as "one of the most famous places in history." Also called the house of prayer its monumental architecture is amazing, tall standing bell towers and north, east, south, and west facades, along with the clock tower, it has precise details from all angles.

History

According to a legend Jesus' apostle St. James' remains are located here. He was beheaded in 44 AD by the Celts in Jerusalem. His tomb was abandoned and then rediscovered in 814 AD. Later king Alfonso II demanded a chapel to be constructed. It was burnt to ashes by Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir Armu commander of the caliph.


Later it was rebuilt in 1075 under the reign of Alfonso VI of Castile and bishop Diego Pelaez. They essentially made a replica of the first one using the same plans and materials. The last stone was laid in 1122. Now this is a famous pilgrimage place as of the 9th century.

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This is a statue like column carefully carved and designed.

Religon

The religion that considers this cathedral to be a sacred place is Christians. They believe this because one out of twelve of Jesus' apostles, Saint James' remains are buried here. His tomb was placed here after his death in Jerusalem.

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This is inside the Cathedral hallways.
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The view of the Cathedral at Night.