The Bones of St. James

After you leave the statue of St. James you will walk down stairs and then onto the crypt of St. James, which is purported to contain the relics of the saint that the cathedral (and the city) were built around. Imagine the significance this would have had for medieval Christians, who went on pilgrimage in hopes that Santiago would work miracles for them or heal an illness. Pope Leo XIII officially declared the authenticity of the relics in 1884.

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