This tour is divided into 2 parts:
The first consists in visiting the Cathedral’s Museum.
Fundamental in learning about and understanding the origin of the City and the Cathedral. Here we will find out about who established the first settlements and Compostela’s archaeological discoveries (findings from the pre-Roman era, long before the Apostle St. Jame’s tomb was found). On the first floor we will see the proof of this. On the second floor we will be able to see the donations that were made to the Cathedral of Santiago by pilgrims, kings, from all over the world. The Library and Chapter House is on the third floor where unique editions of books are kept. Upon reaching the top floor we will enter the tapestry room with artistic works as far back as the XVth Century including the tapestry collection belonging to the Maestro Goya. Last of all to this first part but not least we have the Cathedral’s balcony. Done this we will enter the Cathedral’s cloister from where we will enter directly to the Cathedral thus avoiding the long access queues.
The Cathedral is the second part of the tour.
What is and how does the botafumeiro work? Where is the tomb of the Apostle St. James? What and where is “O Santo dos Croques”? What about the Pórtico de la Gloria of which a copy of it is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London? Did you know that below the Cathedral’s subsoil are the remains of a cemetery belonging to different eras? During our visit inside the Cathedral we will talk about all this as well as of the different small chapels that surround the central nave, of its Baroque organs, its main sanctuary… And for the most curious, how do we know that it is really St. James the one that is in the tomb? Architecturally speaking a cathedral was created to the Glory of God in Christianism as a place of worship that also functioned as an ecclesiastical and social meeting-place for many not only for those of the town in which it stood, but also, on occasions, for the entire region, or in this case, for the whole world. We have to travel in time to understand what has come to us today.