The Cathedral of Santiago is one of the most iconic and symbolic points of the entire pilgrimage. Not only does it signify the end of the Camino de Santiago journey, but it also represents a place where all the objectives set during the journey have been achieved. It is a setting thousands of years old, and has been responsible for an entire city and a Jacobean phenomenon being built around it.
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and one of the most important and magical cities in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Throughout the length and breadth of the territory, but especially around the cathedral, there are some tourist attractions that cannot be overlooked in any type of pilgrimage. Many of these spaces allow the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the Camino de Santiago, and the Pazo de Xelmírez is one of them.
The Pazo de Xelmirez, the palace of Gelmirez translated into Spanish, is an ancient palace that is part of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is located specifically on the north side of the temple and extends towards the Plaza del Obradoiro. Although it has a similar antiquity to the cathedral, only the doors that communicate with the basilica of Santiago have been preserved.
This episcopal palace was ordered to be built between 1120 and 1136 by Diego Gelmirez, the first archbishop of Santiago who promoted the construction of the cathedral. It was built to replace an old residence demolished during the revolts. Inside there are Romanesque structures and architectural works that take us back to past times, and in the seventeenth century a new floor was added that is out of harmony with the primitive art of the twelfth century.
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