12th c. Romanesque.
This Bishop's Palace, attached to the north side of the Cathedral and facing Praza do Obradoiro, was commissioned by Archbishop Diego Xelmírez in order to replace the former bishop's residence that was demolished during uprisings. In the 18th century a new floor was added to the initial two, which does not fit in with the original Romanesque construction and required the walls to be reinforced by means of a new, buttress-like façade.
The building is accessed by means of the door in Praza do Obradoiro. On entering the door we can see the original Romanesque portico that was covered by the new façade in the 18th century. On the second floor there is an interesting medieval kitchen and a 13th-century hall used for fiestas and meals. The hall's most outstanding feature is the corbels supporting the ribs of the arches that hold up the ribbed vault, all of which are decorated with scenes from a medieval feast.
Part of the Cathedral Museum. Web: www.catedraldesantiago.es.
Monday to Friday: 10 am-7:15 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am-2 pm, 4-7:15 pm.
Reduced: €4 (over-65, students, pilgrims and unemployed); €2 (school)
Free (under-12, priests, members of ICOM and Amigos da Catedral)
Reception centre visitor (crypt of the Portico de la Gloria, Praza do Obradoiro)