Cathedral Museum, Santiago de Compostela

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    Gelmirez Palace.

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 18, 2013

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    Gelmirez (or Xelmirez in Galician) Palace is the part of Cathedral Museum. Entrance to that part of museum is situated in the Northern Nave of Cathedral. So, just enter Cathedral through the gates of glory, then turn left and will easily find the entrance. The palace is the Romanesque civilian building attached to the Cathedral and named after Diego Gelmires (ca 1069 – ca 1149) the first Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela and great promoter of its construction. It is the splendid medieval architectural complex where you will be able to visit the Hall of Arms, the Manriqie Hall, the kitchen and famous Ceremonial Hall with its grandiose monumentality and beautiful ornamentation with story-telling corbels that depict the royal banquet. That hall currently houses temporary exhibitions.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros
    Palace is open:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00
    On Sundays: 10:00-14:00
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Permanent Collection. Chapel of Relics.

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 13, 2013
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    Santiago Cathedral Museum consists of several departments. They are the permanent collection, Gelmires Palace, Crypt of Portal of Glory and Archaeological excavations.
    From the Cloister you can get to Chapel of Relics. In fact that chapel is the Royal Pantheon of the Kings and Queens of Kingdom of Galicia and Leon. There are six tombs of kings and queens between the XIIth and XIIIth centuries. You can see the tomb of the last King of Galicia and Leon Alfonso XI who spent most part of his life being excommunicated but his son became the King of united Castile and Leon. You can also see the tomb Pedro Froilaz de Traba the Count of Galicia and the founder of de Traba dynasty.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

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    Permanent Collection. Second Floor. The tombs.

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 13, 2013
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    Santiago Cathedral Museum consists of several departments. They are the permanent collection, Gelmires Palace, Crypt of Portal of Glory and Archaeological excavations.
    At the second floor you can see the cloister which is the part of the cathedral Museum and where you can not authorized to enter unless you bought to visit this museum. The cloister itself is not so interesting as such construction of Cathedras in Burgos or Leon because it was reconstructed in XVII-XVIII centuries. But anyway, local cloister is worth to visit it. You can find there some very interesting tombs with nice effigies.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

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    • Religious Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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    Permanent Collection. Second Floor. The Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 13, 2013
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    Santiago Cathedral Museum consists of several departments. They are the permanent collection, Gelmires Palace, Crypt of Portal of Glory and Archaeological excavations.
    Permanent collection is the tour to the history of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela via its finest works of art. Visitors can really travel back in time and learn how the cathedral was built starting with a tomb.
    At the second floor you can see the cloister which is the part of the cathedral Museum and where you can not authorized to enter unless you bought to visit this museum. The cloister itself is not so interesting as such construction of Cathedras in Burgos or Leon because it was reconstructed in XVII-XVIII centuries. But anyway, local cloister is worth to visit it.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

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    Permanent Collection. Third Floor.

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 12, 2013
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    Santiago Cathedral Museum consists of several departments. They are the permanent collection, Gelmires Palace, Crypt of Portal of Glory and Archaeological excavations.
    Permanent collection is the tour to the history of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela via its finest works of art. Visitors can really travel back in time and learn how the cathedral was built starting with a tomb.
    At the third floor of museum you can see the textile art collection, tapestries made by Jose del Castillo, Rubens, Teniers and Goya. There is also balcony from which you can get the best view at the Obradoiro Square. At last you will be able to visit the Archbishop's office.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Architecture

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    Permanent Collection. First Floor.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Sep 12, 2013

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    Santiago Cathedral Museum consists of several departments. They are the permanent collection, Gelmires Palace, Crypt of Portal of Glory and Archaeological excavations.

    Permanent collection is the tour to the history of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela via its finest works of art. Visitors can really travel back in time and learn how the cathedral was built starting with a tomb. The real master piece in permanent collection is the Romanesque stone Choirs of master Mateo. They are reconstructed here so that you can imagine how it was looking like in the Cathedral before 1600. Choirs of master Mateo are situated at the ground floor.
    At the first floor of museum you can see the artifacts of sacred arts such as the statues, bas-reliefs and etc. made between XIII and XVIII centuries.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Architecture

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    Choirs of Master Mateo. Permanent Collection.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Sep 11, 2013

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    Permanent collection is the tour to the history of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela via its finest works of art. Visitors can really travel back in time and learn how the cathedral was built starting with a tomb. The real master piece in permanent collection is the Romanesque stone Choirs of master Mateo. They are reconstructed here so that you can imagine how it was looking like in the Cathedral before 1600. You can see these Choirs in Ground floor of museum.
    This wonderful museum is worth to visit and spend your money for.
    Prices: Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace:
    General: 6 euros
    Rediced: 4 euros
    Permanent collection + Gelmires Palace + The roof of the Cathedral:
    General: 15 euros
    Rediced: 12 euros

    Permanent collection halls including cloister and Precious Chapel are open:
    From October through May: daily 10:00 – 18:30
    From June through September: daily 10:00 – 20:00

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Architecture

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    Museo do Pobo Galego (Galician people)

    by breughel Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    triple staircase

    The museum is located in the Convent of San Domingo de Bonaval founded in the 13th Century. Most of the present building however, is Baroque, notably its façade.
    It offers an ethnological and anthropological walkthrough the history of the Galician people, from their Celtic origins onwards. The rooms contain a wide range of popular Galician folk culture: fishing, agricultures, livestock farming, trades, housing, traditional costumes and dances, ceramics, musical instruments and literature.

    Most impressive is the spectacular triple spiral staircase, a daring structure by Domingo de Andrade that connects the cloister with the various different floors of the building.
    It was real fun to walk up by the various stairs without being able to join each other.

    Besides the museum one can also visit the convent church. It has a basilica-based design with three naves and three apses. The inside is a transition from Romanesque to the Gothic style.
    The church contains the Pantheon of Famous Galician's such as the novelist Rosalía de Castro.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 h.
    Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 14:00 h.
    Closed on Mondays, 1/01 and 25/12.
    Entrance (2013) 3 €, reduced 1 €.

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    Cathedral museum

    by SirRichard Written May 14, 2006

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    There is also an interesting museum inside the cathedral. You enter the museum by a side gate inside the cathedral (in the right side) and have to pay an entrance fee for it. We didn't go in as we were running out of time, but it seemed rather interesting.

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    Cathedral Museum

    by keltic Updated Apr 7, 2006

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    You will need a whole morning or afternoon to see this huge set of museums in the cathedral complex. There is a combined ticket which could be purchased in three different entrances, which allows you to visit the old cathedral (under the main fassade), the museum entrance into the cathedral, and in Obradoiro Square on the right of the main fassade. It is also valid for the Arzobishop Palace, at the left of the cathedral main fassade.

    Includes among others the Relics Chapel, the cloister, the Treasure, Tapistery Museum and the magnificent Inner Stone Chorus destroyed in the middle ages but rebuilt again in the museum premises.

    OPENING TIMES

    Mo to Sa 10:00 13:30 or 14:00 (Summer time)
    16:00 18:30 or 20:00 (Summer time)
    Su and holidays 10:00 14:00

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