Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
The temple is the pilgrimage axis, starting and finishing point. According to the legend when the apostle St. James’ grave was discovered and his presence confirmed in the area, a church and the first monasteries were built around it. The great temple that exists nowadays, was built in 1075 when the bishop Diego Peláez got king Alfonso VI's support to start the construction.
The cathedral has three naves and a Latin cross ground plan that covers 8.300 m2. Several additions to the original structure have provided eclecticism to it, with a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Plateresque and Neo-classic styles. The “Obradoiro” (west façade) was designed by Fernando de Casa y Novoa, and it is a major sample of the Spanish Baroque.