Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela

Archidioecesis Compostellana

Archidiócesis de Santiago de Compostela (es)
Arquidiocese de Santiago de Compostela (gl)
Country Spain
Ecclesiastical provinceSantiago de Compostela
Area8,545 km2 (3,299 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,192,508 (91.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 December 1095 (As Diocese of Santiago de Compostela)
27 February 1120 (As Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela)
CathedralCathedral basilica of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela
Patron saintSt James the Greater
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopFrancisco José Prieto Fernández
Bishops emeritusJulián Barrio Barrio
Website of the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela (Latin: Archidioecesis Compostellana) is a Latin Church archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Spain. It is the most senior of the five districts into which the church divides the region of Galicia.[1][2]

The seat of the archdiocese is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, dedicated to the Apostle James.

Extent and statistics

The archdiocesan jurisdiction covers most of the parishes the central part of Galicia, including the cities of A Coruña and Pontevedra. As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,178,000 Catholics (88.9% of 1,324,741 total) on 8,546 km2 in 1,071 parishes and 3 missions with 732 priests (536 diocesan, 196 religious), 4 deacons, 1,052 lay religious (400 brothers, 652 sisters) and 22 seminarians.

Ecclesiastical province

Covers all Galicia, with four suffragan sees :


See Diocese of Iria Flavia for its precursor and early history when the see was shared.

Episcopal ordinaries

See Diocese of Iria Flavia for Bishops shared with its precursor.
Suffragan Bishops of (Santiago de) Compostela

On 5 December 1095 Pope Urban II issued the bull Veterum sinodalia transferring the diocese of Iria to Compostela.

Metropolitan Archbishops of (Santiago de) Compostela

In 1120 Pope Calixtus II raised Compostela to an archdiocese.

Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ a b "Resignations and Appointments, 01.04.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. April 1, 2023. Retrieved April 1, 2023.

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