Photographer's Note

This is the central part of another famous building on Obradoiro Square, the Raxoi Palace. “This impressive palace, built by the French architect Charles Lemaur in 1767 under the auspices of then archbishop Bartolomé de Rayoi y Losada, which was named after him, completely closes the western side of the square. It “.. served to house the seminary of confessors and the musicians and cantors of the cathedral choir. Later on, it was also a prison and now-days it is the seat of the Town Hall of Santiago and the presidency of the regional Government, combining under its roof the most important political powers of the town and Galicia.”

For me the most interesting part is the central pediment, I put a close-up view of it into the Workshop. The bass-relief of the pediment “represents the battle of Clavijo and, above it, the famous image of St. James the Moor-slayer, a sculpture group made by Gambino y Ferreiro”. In this battle Christians were fighting with Muslims in 814, and according to a legend during the battle “miraculously the Apostle appeared giving courage to the Christian troops, and fighting along with them, and riding his lively white steed.”

(Notes with excerpts from Guidebook of Santiago de Compostela, by Alan Bourdillion)

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