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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The Western façade of the cathedral as seen from the Plaza del Obradoiro.

Basic information
Location Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
Geographic coordinates 42°52′50″N 8°32′40″W / 42.880602°N 8.544377°W / 42.880602; -8.544377Coordinates: 42°52′50″N 8°32′40″W / 42.880602°N 8.544377°W / 42.880602; -8.544377
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Santiago de Compostela
Heritage designation 1896, 1985
Leadership Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio
Architectural description
Architectural type Cathedral
Architectural style Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque
Direction of façade West
Groundbreaking 1075
Completed 1211
Capacity 1,200
Length 100 metres (330 ft)
Width 70 metres (230 ft)
Spire(s) 2
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name: Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
Criteria: i, ii, vi
Designated: 1985
Reference #: 320bis
Spanish Property of Cultural Interest
Official name: Catedral Igrexa Catedral Metropolitana
Designated: 22 August 1896
Reference #: (R.I.) - 51 - 0000072 - 00000

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galician: Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) is a cathedral in Galicia in Spain. It is in the World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela. People believe that Saint James the Great, one of the apostles of Jesus, is buried there. The building is a Romanesque structure with later Gothic and Baroque additions.

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