Well, not quite. But you do get the feeling when you´re on the rooftop of the 11th-century Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Our tour lasted about an hour (courtesy of the Spain Tourist Board--muchas gracias!) and reduced our knees (mine, at least) to quivering jelly from all that climbing. But the view is... well, let´s just put it this way: I blurted out putaaaangina! when I stepped out on the roof and first saw the sight around me, completely forgetting I was on top of a church.
And not just any church, but the third most important site in Catholicism after Jerusalem and Rome. It´s essentially the same vista, we were told, that millions of pilgrims down the centuries also saw when they walked for weeks from all parts of Europe to converge on this ancient city to pay homage to the apostle St. James the Greater, whose relics, tradition says, are buried under the church altar. A side trip to the rooftop of the cathedral, then as now, is a jaw-dropping highlight of the pilgrimage.
My own pics and video will have to wait until after I´m back in Manila. These three for now were taken by Marbee Go, editor of the Travel section of Manila Bulletin and an invaluable colleague on this trip (not least for quickly uploading these shots on her Facebook). See my grin? I look all giddy, don´t I?