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Botafumeiro, Santiago de Compostela

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The Botafumeiro is a famous thurible found in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (in the past similar devices were used in large churches in Galicia, nowadays sometimes is used in the Tui Cathedral). Incense is burned in this swinging metal container, or "incensory". The name "Botafumeiro" means "smoke expeller" in Galician.DescriptionThe Botafumeiro is suspended from a pulley mechanism in the dome on the roof of the church. The current pulley mechanism was installed in 1604.The present Botafumeiro is made of an alloy of brass and bronze and is plated by a very thin 20 micrometre layer of silver. The current Botafumeiro was created by the gold and silversmith José Losada in 1851. It has a golden sheen.The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro is one of the largest censers in the world, weighing 80 kg and measuring 1.60 m in height. It is normally on exhibition in the library of the cathedral, but during certain important religious occasions it is brought to the floor of the cathedral and attached to ropes hung from the pulley mechanism.There is another large thurible used in the other masses carried out in the cathedral, called "La Alcachofa" (literally, "The Artichoke") or "La Repollo" (literally, "The Cabbage"). La Alcachofa is a silver-colored metal censer. It was created in 1971 by the sacred art artisans working under the craftsman Luis Molina Acedo.
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  • The mass with the "botafumeiro" is unique, an unforgettable experience for those who have faith and also for who does not have it! You have to see it to live it.
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  • If you go to Santiago and have opportunity to match the mass of pilgrims which uses the "botafumeiro" is something you won't forget and will enjoy. the botafumeiro was guaranteed by 2016 the masses on Fridays at 7 pm. I had the opportunity to speak with the leader of the Cathedral and I said that was not guaranteed for 2017 so it is good that you... If you're in a group and don't want to miss this experience can offer up the "botafumeiro" by 400 EUR (also there which confirm the amount as it may vary)
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  • This is an exciting presentation, at mass we were present there was no schedule for the event but due to the presence of a group of teenagers from Portugal, was something magical that will be etched in our minds and hearts.
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