In the evolution of the History of Art and Medieval Architecture, experts agree that it would not have been the same without the existence of the different paths to the tomb of Santiago the Apostle. Thus, we will find in the Road to Santiago churches and cathedrals churches and cathedrals, the most important among the different Jacobean routes.. The latter, as the seats of bishoprics, would be built sometimes with great pomp and artistic quality, for the greater glory of God and even for the promotion of the city itself.

In some cases, as in the case of the Cathedral of Santiago. In addition to being cathedrals, they could be basilicas, as long as they housed the relics of a saint. Let’s see which are the most important cathedrals on the different Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain; we do not include the Cathedral of Santiago, because it deserves an article of its own that you can read here.

On the French Way…

Cathedral of San Pedro de Jaca

This site is located in Jaca, in the province of Huesca, and is part of the part of the French Way of Santiago from Somport. A singular example of early Romanesque architecture, it was ordered to be built by King Sancho Ramírez in 1077. Closely linked to the origin of the city and its institutionalisation as a cathedral, it still conserves its basic configuration as a Romanesque church, with a basilica floor plan with three naves, apses and a dome. It has decorative motifs typical of the area, such as the checkering of the imposts and the balls on the exterior supports. After several subsequent reforms over time, it is a temple that you should not miss.

Cathedral Basilica of Santa María of Burgos

Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, the Cathedral of Santa María in the city of Burgos is the first representative of Gothic architecture in Spain. Built on the site of an 11th century Romanesque cathedral, on July 20th 1221 the first stone of the new cathedral was laid, which was to be built in the Gothic style, the most avant-garde at the time. Built in record time, only 39 years, it was enlarged and reformed in successive centuries. With its decorative exterior spires, it is a must-see landmark on the The French Way of the Camino de Santiago and very characteristi