FACADE OF OBRADOIRO IN SANTIAGO OF
The Facade of Obradoiro, which is a work of art from the Baroque period, was built by Fernando Casas Novoa in Santiago of Compostela, between 1738 and 1750. The Catholic Church commissioned this facade.
This beautiful building has a great use nowadays. As you should know, an old tradition tells that this cathedral is the sepulcher of the apostle Saint James. This transformed the building in one of the principal places of pilgrimage in Europe during the Middle Ages. At present, it is also an important place of pilgrimage and every year that the 25th of July (Day of Santiago) is Sunday, there is a Jubilee Year, many pilgrims go to the cathedral and there is an important mass.
The main material used in this work of art was the gray granite, which was the main material used in the Baroque architecture. Glass was also used in this work.
The Facade of Obradoiro has really big large windows that allow light to illuminate the old Romanic facade, and it is between the Bell’s Tower and the Carraca’s Tower. In the middle of the facade, the apostle Santiago is represented, and below him his two disciples, Athanasius and Theodore, all of them dressed as pilgrims. In the middle there is also a glass case, representing Santiago’s sepulcher, and a star between angels and clouds. On the right tower, María Salomé (Saint James’s mother) is represented and on the left tower, Zebedee, his father. This work is in a square, the Square of Obradoiro, this is why the facade was called in this way. The cathedral has really big proportions, it is 74 metres high.
The Facade of Obradoiro is a Baroque work of art because the images represented on it give a lot of movement to the building. It also has curved lines, games of lights and shadows… The images of the building are also very realistic and perfect.
One curiosity is that the coins of 1, 2 and 5 cents have the Cathedral of Santiago drawing in one of their sides.
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