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Façade of Santiago’s Cathedral at the Plaza of Obradorio
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CATHEDRAL

Its first sanctuary over the tomb of the Apostle James was ordered by King Alfons II, the Chaste, of Asturias, and by the Bishop Teodomiro in the 9th cent. King Alfons III, the Great, built towards the end of that century a more beautiful basilica, that the Muslim visir known as Almonzor, destroyed in AD 997, and even though he did not violated the tomb of the Saint, stole the bell taking it to Córdoba with Christian prisoners.
Two centuries later, in 1,236, Ferdinand III won over the Muslims, taking the bell once more with the use of Islamic prisoners.

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Cloister of Santiago’s Cathedral

The Cathedral would be reconstructed by King Alfons V, around the year 1,000, but since it had become too small, construction to amplify its size began under the Bishop Diego Pelaez in 1,078.
One part was consecrated in 1,105, and the rest in 1,211. In the following centuries, new construction orders took place, until they culminated in the Baroque façade of the 18th Cent. (that had begun in 1,715 by Anotino Goroy), over the old cathedral of which even today we can appreciate its proverbial Gate of the Glory.


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Interior of the Cathedral of Santiago
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Detail of the Main Façade of the Cathedral