Place of pilgrimage for both Catholic devotees and art lovers, many consider the cathedral of Sanitago de Compostela to be the most beautiful in the world and this single monument is reason enough to visit the city. It was built during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries on the site where the remains of St. James were found. His story, like that of the city is inevitably related to the rain.
The wonderful baroque structure of the Obradoiro façade, was built to protect the original Romanesque façade, the Portico de la Gloria, from the inclemencies of the weather. Inside the cathedral, in a chamber beneath the main altar, the Saint's remains are kept in a silver urn. It is claimed by some, that the magnificent 60 kilo censer, known as the botafumeiro, served to dispel the stench of the many people who slept and ate within the church. Of the exterior, the façade of the Azabacheria, the Clock Tower and the Plaza de las Platerias, along with the cloister, aisle, choir and naves inside, are other highlights of this marvellous haven of art and religion.
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