on August 8, 2001
Floods of pilgrims make their way to this final destination point on the Camino de Santiago. This is the place where the body of Saint James is supposed to be buried, and visitors line up to kiss the back of the enormous statue of Saint James which stands on top of his tomb. As you enter the cathedral, you will see a pillar which is decorated with a bust of the saint as well as a bust of the architect Mateo. So many people have put their hand on this pillar that you can see fingermark grooves. The local legend is that if you knock your head 3 times on the head of the bust of Mateo (located on the back of the pillar), you will get some of his artistic talent. His statues, floating around the edges of the pillar definitely have a lot of life to them. The exterior of the cathedral could definitely use a cleaning, but its place in the history and culture of Spain give it noteworthy status.
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