Church of Santiago

The Church of Santiago is located at Calle Parrote, 1, in the Old City. It is the oldest church in the city and was constructed near the end of the 12th century. It seems to have been constructed over the remains of a Roman temple. The original construction was Romanesque, but there have been Gothic additions after that.  The tympanum at the entrance of the church shows a figure of the Apostle Santiago (St. James) riding a horse. Above this is a rose window. Inside the church, towards the back, there is a polychrome statue of Santiago that dates from the 13th century. The main altarpiece is Neoclassic. There is a very old baptismal font from the 13th century and the capitals of the columns of the church have very interesting carvings.  There is a polychromed statue of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, and it shows the Virgin Mary pregnant, which is very unusual.