Photographer's Note

Construction of the Cathedral started in 1075, when the city reached its peak of importance. The second phase, after the wedding of Doña Urraca and Raimundo of Bourgogne, shows influences of French Romanesque style, as well as a style that is all Santiago's own, the so-called Romnico Compostelano. The Obradoiro Facade (to which later on were added Barroque elements) and the towers Torre de las Campanas and Torre de la Carraca were made at this time. Through the Obradoiro Door you enter the so called Old Cathedral, a Romanesque crypt with the first vaults of groined arches that were ever built in Spain. The sculptures of the Portico de la Gloria, another entrance door, are considered some of the most important works of medieval art.

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