The end of the Camino needed, I thought it’s own day. There is so much history and so many pictures I would like to show you.
The Camino ends at Santiago de Compostela in Galician Spain. Said to be the final resting place of Saint James, the patron saint of Spain, it is most defiantly the final resting place of most pilgrims.
When pilgrims finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela, after walking for days, weeks, months, and sometimes over years it can be an emotional situation or anticlimactic; there are few people though, who experience no emotion on the completionof something as trying as the camino can be.
Each day the cathedral holds a pilgrims mass for those finishing the camino. The cathedral also issues the certificates of completion.
Construction of the “modern” cathedral began in 1075 under the patronage of bishop Diego Peláez. The cathedral is constructed mostly of granite, in the style of Saint Sernin in Toulouse, disputably one of the greatest Romanesque churches in France.
Completed in 1122, finishing “touches” were far from over. Improvements, you will have to judge if they were improvements for yourself but, there they are, were completed in the 16th-18th centuries. To make descriptions easier to understand I am going to divide the cathedral down into its component sides.
I will save you from my words so will provide pictures and links for you.
click for general information on the cathedral
The East Side
The Famous West Side