Outer façade of the Portico of Glory

The Portico of Glory was completed with a façade open to the outside that underwent several interventions until it was replaced by the baroque Obradoiro façade. From this missing façade, at the end of the Way, different architectural and sculptural elements that allow us to infer its original structure and program are preserved.
Rosette of the façade

Rosette of the façade

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Lighting played a key role in the sacred scenery created by Master Mateo in the Cathedral of Compostela. This is the reason for the importance of the open bays on the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, open on its...

Central arch of the façade

Central arch of the façade

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. GraniteAmong the architectural elements recovered, at different times, from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, it can be found a series of fragments that could correspond to the archivolts that formed its great central...

Keystone of the central arch

Keystone of the central arch

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite with remains of polychromy Among the different architectural fragments with sculptural decoration attributed to the missing outer façade of the Portico of Glory, several pieces are preserved that would come from the...

Cornice fragment

Cornice fragment

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Among the different elements and fragments that have been recovered from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, there is a set consisting of five pieces, each one framed by half a rosette on each side with a...

Cornice fragment

Cornice fragment

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Graniteo Among the different elements and fragments that have been recovered from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, there is a set consisting of five pieces, each one framed by half a rosette on each side with a...

Cornice fragment

Cornice fragment

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Among the different elements and fragments that have been recovered from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, there is a set consisting of five pieces, each one framed by half a rosette on each side with a...

Cornice fragment

Cornice fragment

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Among the different elements and fragments that have been recovered from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, there is a set consisting of five pieces, each one framed by half a rosette on each side with a...

Cornice fragment

Cornice fragment

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Among the different elements and fragments that have been recovered from the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, there is a set consisting of five pieces, each one framed by half a rosette on each side with a...

Keystones of the punishment of the lecherous

Keystones of the punishment of the lecherous

Master Mateo. Ca. 1200. Granite with remains of polychromy Both pieces must have been part of the original western façade of the cathedral, probably located on its south side, in relation to the theme developed immediately afterward in the Portico of Glory. They would...

King David

King David

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Like its partner, the figure of King Solomon, the statue of King David was part of the sculptural ensemble on the façade of the Portico of Glory, and both were transferred in the seventeenth century to the parapet of...

King Solomon

King Solomon

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite This statue, which represents King Solomon, was created for the façade of the Portico of Glory and, after the modification made in the 16th century, it was removed from its original location and later moved to the...

Prophet Abraham

Prophet Abraham

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite This image, probably located on each side of the north side door of the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, would match with the one identified as Isaac; two of the Old Testament patriarchs, father and son, who would...

Prophet Isaac

Prophet Isaac

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Around 1520, the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, which until then had been permanently open, was renovated to include outer doors that forced the removal of some architectural elements and the sculptural ensemble...

Prophet Elijah

Prophet Elijah

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. GraniteThis high-relief plaque comes from the missing outer façade of the Portico of Glory, in which it would have been located in one of its jambs, paired with another piece that, like this one, is also preserved in the...

Prophet Enoch

Prophet Enoch

Master Mateo and his workshop Ca. 1200. GraniteLike its pair, identified as Elijah, it was part of the sculptural ensemble of the outer façade of the Portico of Glory, from which they were removed in its reform in the year 1520. They currently belong to the Pontevedra...

Male figure holding a scroll

Male figure holding a scroll

Master Mateo. Ca. 1200. Granite with remains of polychromy It is one of the column statues that formed the outer façade that completed the iconographic program of the Portico of Glory. This piece was recovered in 2016 buried in a hole in one of the towers of the...

Head of a column statue

Head of a column statue

Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite This piece was found at the end of the decade of the 80s of the 20th century in the works of a private house located on the outskirts of the city of Santiago; there it had been reused, at an undetermined moment, as...

Figure of a knight with a sword

Figure of a knight with a sword

Attributed to Master Mateo and his workshop. Ca. 1200. Granite Private collection A figure that is difficult to identify, it has been traditionally attributed to the group of sculptures that formed the sculptural ensemble of the outer façade of the Portico of Glory...

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