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Going down to the cemetery

Fifty years after archaeological excavations in the Cathedral, the Cathedral Chapter offers the public the unique possibility of going down to the church’s subsoil and contemplating Santiago de Compostela’s ancient history in stone.

This descent to the bowels of the Cathedral is really a descent to the history of the sacred hill where Bishop Teodomiro recognised the apostle Jame’s tomb in the year 813. In these narrow spaces, previously accessible only to researchers, visitors will find a Roman cemetery and Swabian necropolis with dozens of tombs, as well as gravestones from 13 to 19 centuries old. They will also come across part of the first wall and defences of the city that developed around the pre-Romanesque basilica of the 9th century.

A not-to-be-missed trip to discover the historic foundations of the city and its church.

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Going down to the cemetery
Going down to the cemetery

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