Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Nobody who comes to Santiago is left without visiting the Cathedral. This building ACCESSIBLE to people with reduced mobility began to be built in the year 1075 and was completed in 1211 and is made up of various architectural styles among which the Romanesque stands out in the first place. , but you can also see the Baroque and the Gothic.
An inscription in the chapel of El Salvador and two capitals located at its entrance attest that the construction of the cathedral began in this place in the time of King Alfonso VI, and over the centuries the cathedral has been remodeling and adapting and between 2010 and 2020 an extensive program of rehabilitation and restoration was carried out in the cathedral of Santiago, all without losing the essence of a place that, throughout its twelve hundred years of history, has been a point of reference and welcome for millions of faithful and pilgrims.
The cathedral was declared an asset of cultural interest in 1896 and the old city that surrounds the Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. It is also the final destination of all the Caminos de Santiago, which for centuries have led to the pilgrims of Christendom to the tomb of an apostle.
About the roads we can say that there are many and from many points of Europe, but the best known are:
- French way: It is the busiest and has more than 800 km from the French border to the Galician capital, passing through numerous landscapes of the Spanish geography that you have never imagined.
Most of its route coincides with an old Roman road, although the pilgrimage route was born later.
- Camino del Norte: It is quite likely that it was the first traveled route and it runs through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, going along the coast to Ribadeo. Its stages go through cliffs and even along the beach.
- Vía de la Plata: The Camino runs from Seville to Astorga, passing through Badajoz, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora and León.
- English Way: It is named like this because it is the one that the people of northern Europe, in particular, the British, used to travel. It stands out for its short length, since it has just over 100 kilometers in 4 or 5 stages.
- Portuguese way: The beginning of the Camino is in Lisbon. There are three different routes to complete the Camino from Portugal, passing through Tui, Ourense or Viana do Castelo.
- Camino Viejo: The Camino Viejo of the Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest known routes. Starting in Bilbao and ending at Villafranca del Bierzo, it is about 650 km long.
These are the main Caminos de Santiago, but there are many more.
About people with reduced mobility, we must say that the main entrance of the Cathedral is not accessible for wheelchairs, in order to access the temple you must arrive through the Plaza de la Quintana and once inside the Cathedral, You can access the central nave and all the side chapels. From the sacristy you can access an inner courtyard where the archive and the museum are located (Neither the archive nor the museum are accessible to people in wheelchairs due to the access stairs).
Finally, note that there are information points (information signs) throughout the route in Spanish, English and French, they have a height of 1.70 m.
We must say that you can enter the Cathedral without paying, but if you prefer a guided tour, there are different rates depending on whether you want to visit the museums, the cloister, the Portico de la Gloria, the library or the Treasury room. For all this you will have to pay, and the rates range from approximately €10 to €20.
Remember that if you buy a ticket for a guided tour, you must show up at the box office 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
- For access with wheelchairs and other special cases, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- The hours of the Cathedral are from Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00
- Ticket offices close at 7:30 p.m.
- The temple is closed on January 1 and 6, July 25 and December 25
- In addition to those planned, there may be additional closures also motivated by the celebration of official or religious acts and for reasons of conservation of the Pórtico de la Gloria.
Toilets: There is 1 separate adapted toilet cabin, which coincides with the women's toilet. The itinerary is accessible, it has a folding support bar on the left side.
To get to the cathedral we recommend that you do it by private car since in front of the Cathedral there are several public car parks with spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility.
There are also some accessible bus lines that will leave you very close to the cathedral, among them the most important are: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, C2, C4, C5, P1, P2, P7, ( 6A Airport) among others.
- Address and contact:
- Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela
- Telephone (+34) 981583548
- Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org