The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain is a cathedral of archdiocese. It is located in Galicia in Santiago de Compostela World Heritage Site. Ideally speaking, the cathedral enjoys great reputation and popularity for being the burial site of the well known Saint James the Great who was an apostle of Jesus Christ. Historically, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been the place for pilgrimage on Way of St. James back since Early Middle Ages. For the building, it features a Romanesque structure and Baroque and Gothic styles have been added on it as well.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela has been the site of other burials such as that of Rosalia de Castro, Fructuosus of Braga and Alfonso Daniel Rodriguez Castelao. The constriction of the present day Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela started back in 1075 during the reign of the famous Alfonso VI of Castile and during the patronage of the well known bishop Diego Pelaez. Ideally, the cathedral was constructed with the same plan just like the Saint Sernin monastic brick church which is arguably the greatest and most popular Romanesque edifice in the whole of France.
Mostly, the Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela was built in granite. On several occasions, construction of the cathedral was stopped and the last stone is believed to have been laid in 1122. However, by this time, building of the cathedral was not finished. In 1928, the Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela was consecrated and King Alfonso of Spanish Leon was present during the occasion. The main architect behind the construction of this great cathedral was Bernard the elder, Esteban and Robertus Galperinus. The master architect, Bernard is credited for constructing the monumental fountain in 1122 at the north portal.
In 1075, the Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela was made an Episcopal see largely because of its increasing significance as a site for pilgrimage. Pope Urban II soon raised the church to become an archiepiscopal see in 1100 and 1495 show an addition of university to it. Over the following years, the Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela underwent several expansions and embellishments and it has become one of the most treasured religious facilities in Spain today.
As far as its measurements are concerned, the Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela is 22 m high and 97 m long. Till today, it has managed to preserve the original barrel vaulted Romanesque cruciform interior something that continues to amaze and fascinate many visitors. It consists of two lateral aisles, a nave, a choir having radiating chapels and a wide transept. When compared to other importance cathedrals out there, the interior of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela gives the most perfect impression of austerity. This continues much further inside until you see the exuberance of choir and the magnificent organ and it is Spain’s largest Romanesque church.