A tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: chapels of the main nave and transept (Part 4)

To organize an orderly itinerary of the Cathedral, the experts recommend going through its chapels following the clockwise movement from the Portico de la Gloria.

First we find the chapel of Cristo de Burgos, founded by Archbishop Carrillo y Acuña and built by Melchor de Velasco in the middle of the 17th century. The lateral altarpieces are the work of Mateo de Padro.


It is followed by the Communion Chapel, also known as the Sacred Heart Chapel. It has a circular shape and noble materials such as marble and granite were used in it.


Continuing towards the main altar, we arrive at the transept. Turning to the left we see an image of Santiago Caballero, a work of Gambino from the middle of the 18th century.

Heading towards the north door or of the Acibechería, is the chapel of Santa Catalina or of Our Lady of Lourdes, that until the middle of the XVI century was royal pantheon; later the sepulchers were transferred to the chapel of the Relics.


Crossing the north door in the direction of the other nave of the transept is the chapel of San Antonio, which was the seat of the parish of San Fructoso when it was moved here in 1696. The altarpiece is from the 18th century and contains an image of St. Anthony of Padua.


Before going up the passageway built in the 18th century that leads to the chapel of the Corticela, you can see the chapel of San Andrés, built in 1647.

The chapel of the Corticela is a work of the 13th century. It represents in its tympanum a beautiful relief of the Adoration of the Magi, a sculpture of the Virgin seated with the Child and Saint Joseph leaning on a staff in the form of a tau. This chapel, with the structure of a small temple with three naves and a wooden roof, already existed in the 9th century, although it was not integrated into the Cathedral. In a niche in the left aisle is the image of Jesus in the Garden of Olives. According to a tradition, the students deposit papers in his hands to ask for the approval of some subjects in times of exams.


Returning to the transept of the Cathedral, we find the chapel of the Holy Spirit founded at the end of the 13th century by Pedro Vidal. It underwent several enlargements and reforms throughout the centuries (the last one by Domingo de Andrade in 1694).


We hope you enjoyed this little photo tour through the chapels of the main nave and the transept of the Cathedral of Santiago. Soon we will talk about the chapels of the ambulatory and the south transept. And there are really so many wonderful things to visit in this place!

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