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Lecture 1/23/2020 07:30 PM

Lecture SeriesThe Road to Santiago (IV)Echoes and mimesis in Santiago de Compostela: The early stages of the Romanesque cathedral

José Luis Senra

According to tradition, during the ninth century the location of the tomb of St James the Apostle was revealed. The body had arrived in Compostela on a miraculous trip that commenced in Jerusalem, where his martyrdom had occurred.

The primitive sanctuary, predecessor of the Romanic cathedral of Santiago, soon one of the most important destinations of Christian pilgrimage, was founded on the site of the discovery. The traffic that came from the Road (or series of roads) to Santiago fostered the creation of a new temple, which began at the end of the eleventh century. Works resumed during the last few decades of the twelfth century, when Master Mateo took over the reins of the project to build the cathedral and constructed the famous Portico of Glory.

Coordinated by José Luis Senra, a lecturer in Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, this series of five lectures will address the study of the origins of the Road, the legends of the Apostle, the early stages of the Romanesque cathedral and its completion with the Portico of Glory. One of the greatest treasures held within the cathedral walls will also be examined: Codex Calixtinus. This session will be complemented by a concert consisting of a selection of the musical pieces from this manuscript, performed by the Schola Antiqua choir.

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