Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela

The Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela (Latin: Archidioecesis Compostellanus ) based in Santiago de Compostela was charged by Pope Calixtus II in 1120 to the archbishopric. It is headed by Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio since 1996.


The bishop of the former diocese of Iria moved his residence to the discovery of the tomb of James the Elder 820-830 in the city of Santiago de Compostela. There the bishop's seat is officially since 1095th In these early centuries, the territory of the Archdiocese of spread according to the progress of the Reconquest ( Reconquista ) from all over the Kingdom of León and a part of the Kingdom of Castile, until, founded as early as in modern times, other archdioceses were.

During the Middle Ages, the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela practiced because of a privilege granted by the monarchy from the manorial jurisdiction over the land of Santiago.