Gelmirez Palace of Santiago de Compostela
The Gelmírez Palace (Pazo de Xelmirez in Galician) is located on the north side of the cathedral. Archbishop Diego Gelmírez ordered the palace to be built in order to replace the old episcopal residence that was demolished after a few riots.
In the eighteenth century, Gelmírez added a new floor on top of the two originals, which became overwhelming in comparison to the original Romanesque building, so they had to reinforce the walls with a new facade as its buttresses.
The interior emphasizes the great medieval cuisine. The Great Hall and Food Festival, of the thirteenth century, is characterized by a dome with nerves resting on some brackets that represent a typical feast of the era.
The palace is accessed through a door at the Plaza del Obradoiro.
The two upper floors belong to the current Archbishop's Palace. From here, the archbishop can go directly to the cathedral.
The current Gelmírez Palace is part of the Cathedral Museum. You can visit the Palace and the roofs of the cathedral, on a guided tour.
Opening Hours Guided Tour Gelmirez Palace and Roofs of the Cathedral:
Monday to Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm
Ticket Price Guided Tour Gelmirez Palace and Roofs of the Cathedral:
All times and ticket prices are approximate. To confirm times and fares see the official sites.