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Address: Praza Obradoiro S/N, 15704, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Under restoration that is overdue this vital and working church is a must visit. You will see faith in action and you will want to help restore and preserve this church.

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Lodi, California
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122 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Under restoration that is overdue this vital and working church is a must visit. You will see faith in action and you will want to help restore and preserve this church.

Thank Winemaker95240
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite much of the western entrance of the cathedral covered up in scaffolding because of some renovation work, this remains a beautiful and historically interesting site. It was built over several centuries, and in several different architectural styles. I was able to attend a mass and enjoyed it even in Spanish. The altar area is interesting and there are a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been here multiple times over the years, at the end of each camino. There is a lot of maintenance and refurbishment work going on both inside and outside the cathedral. The Portico do Gloria is closed and covered by scaffolding and can't be seen. The botafumeiro was in operation for the pilgrims mass on both days we attended.

Thank BigRuss1213
Poznan, Poland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of a kind. The entrance is free. You definitely need to put it on your list. Once in Santiago de Compostela don't forget to go to Cape Finisterre - if you are a nature lover you will be delighted.

Thank Dorothy Z
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Cathedral and was in awe of the whole experience. The ornate decorations and spectacle were amazing. We stayed for the Mass at 12pm and followed the service with the help of a "singing nun" who led the congregation in responses and when to stand, sit etc. The only disappointment was that the "Botafumeiro" did not swing, although... More 

Thank Ladywotlunches53
Long Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Pilgrims' Mass is a must even if you are not religious. Pilgrims from all over the world attend. The Mass is in Spanish. The highlight is the large swinging incense burner-the botafumeiro- it is swung by 8 men and it swings the length and height of both sides of the Cathedral. Don't miss this!

Thank ann l
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is so vast it is awe inspiring. If religion or spirituality isn't your thing then tbe construction alone is well worth seeing. I had a self guided tour plus I attended daily mass at 12 noon. You can even "hug the apostle".

Thank connollyfrank1
Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, scaffolding masked the main entrance, but this is still a beautiful cathedral. We attended the last part of one mass and the entire Pilgrim's Mass and were fortunately were able to see the Botafumeiro swing on both occasions.

Thank CyclingGeo
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cathedral is both a religious center and a historical site. The museum is far better than most church museums, and the interior of the nave is fascinating. But the highlight is to attend mass when the ceremony is finished by the swinging of the immense incense bearer, a tradition from the middle ages. This is only done on select... More 

Thank SheriffSantiago
Granada, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A building of great age and great beauty but in some senses the visit was marred by hundreds of "walkers" who clearly have no respect for a place of worship. Talking loudly and in some cases shouting out to each other. Before Mass the Priest was almost begging people to be quiet and reminding them "please remember this is not... More 

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