The Portico da Gloria will be visited from November with reservation and payment
If you want to see the Pórtico da Gloria without paying, you will have to hurry. Next Tuesday, September 18, the free visits will end and the great work of Mestre Mateo will be closed to the public again. Although this time, and after ten years of laborious restoration work, will be for a short time. The Pórtico will now be encapsulated to avoid deterioration but it is expected that this action will be completed in November. Then, you can visit again, although you have to go through the box office first. What has not yet been determined is the price of the visits, although it is presumed that it will be around twelve euros. In addition, visitors will stop accessing the sculptural set by the monumental staircase of the Obradoiro to do it through the Pazo de Raxoi.
The new system of paid visits includes guided tours, which will last around 45 minutes, and which will be integrated into the thematic offer of the cathedral museums, in the same way as, for example, the roofs of the Cathedral. The visits -which may be done in Galician, Spanish or English- must be booked through the website of the temple. You can also buy the ticket at the box office, but as long as there are seats available because each group will be made up of a maximum of 25 people and will access two groups every hour, one at the hour and another one and a half. The schedule in which the Portico will remain open will be the same as that of the Cathedral Museum. Between November and March, it will open from ten in the morning until eight in the afternoon and, between April and October, from nine to eight.
More than 65,000 visitors
Theo works of restoratin of the Pórtico da Gloria were sponsored by the Barrié Foundation. They started in 2008 and were focused on two aspects: tackling the damage caused by humidity and recovering the original polychrome. Once completed, the Portico was opened to the public at the end of last July. Since then, more than 65,000 people have been able to see it thanks to a model of free express visits that allowed access to the temple by the baroque staircase to groups of 25 people in a wide schedule that ran from eight in the morning to ten at night .
From Tuesday, and while proceeding to the encapsulation to isolate the Pórtico from the ships, the visits will be limited to groups invited by the Fundación Catedral, which, in this way, will rehearse the model that will be put into practice from November.
Do you want to come visit the Portico da Gloria? Book your visit and, of course, also the hotel. Our three establishments are located in the center of Santiago, in the old town. The Cathedral and its wonders are just a few steps away.