Pórtico de la Gloria

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Pórtico de la Gloria

Pórtico de la Gloria - pedronchi/Flickr

Pórtico de la Gloria - pedronchi/Flickr

The Pórtico de la Gloria is the entrance that we can find in the western part of the Cathedral of Santiago. It is a Romanesque-style portico and one of the greatest symbols in the history of both the Camino de Santiago and the Cathedral itself. It was sculpted during the 12th century by Master Mateo, who together with his workers dedicated approximately 20 years to complete it, and who had a great influence on the Romanesque sculpture of Galicia at that time.

Despite the fact that the original Portico is not the one that we can currently see when visiting the Cathedral of Santiago, some of the original figures are preserved in the Cathedral Museum, institution objects of different important areas of the Cathedral itself. The work that we can see today is the result of the deep restoration to which the Pórtico de la Gloria underwent between 2008 and 2018. In this restoration, moisture was removed and the necessary treatments were carried out to appreciate the original sculptures of this work. 

Architecture of the Pórtico de la Gloria

The Pórtico de la Gloria consists of three overlapping floors, from which Master Mateo was inspired by the apocalyptic content. These three plants would be: The crypt, which represents the underworld; the three-arched portico, located in the center, and the rostrum, representing the Last Judgment and the elevation of humans to the divine.

Although all of them are brilliant, the most notable is the three-arched portico. This part is made up of numerous sculptures of different sizes among which we find the 24 elders and the 4 evangelists, among others and of which the central figure of Christ stands out.

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