In 2011, Santiago de Compostela is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the solemn consecration of the Romanesque cathedral dedicated to the Apostle James. The cultural and heritage-restoration programme, which will last all year, will begin in the same way as all celebrations: giving the protagonist a big embrace.
On April 9, all the city and its visitors are invited to surround the Cathedral perimeter in an affectionate and symbolic “hug” for its 10,000 square metres. On that same day, the exhibition “‘Domus Iacobi. A historia da Catedral de Santiago’” will open in Colegio de Fonseca. And in the evening, the church will host a concert by the Real Filharmonía de Galicia orchestra, the Capela Compostela choir and invited soloists, conducted by Maximino Zumalave, who will perform the Requiem Mass by M. López and choral compositions by J. De Vaquedano, two of the Cathedral’s chapel masters in the 17th and 18th centuries.