Botafumeiro, Santiago de Compostela

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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  • August 19, 2017
    We were lucky to see the "botafumeiro" and how to fly it. It is very impressing, is a mandatory stop.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Ancient tradition that lasts over time to remind you that once all that smoke and fire were used to disinfect the Church filled with pilgrims who also slept in it. Already to be seated on benches in the aisle and see you swinging over the head that big censer full of incense makes a certain effect, but eventually exclaim: "lovely hotel!"
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  • August 17, 2017
    It literally means "spreader of smoke". La.Mision is purified by the burning of incense inside. Old cathedrals, housed the pilgrims who visited them. The smell of incense mitigated them bodily odors. When it is loaded with charcoal and incense weighs almost 100 pounds. Deftly handled it eight men called Tiraboleiros, making using pulleys and the law of the pendulum, it set up to almost reach the ceiling at an angle that exceeds 80 graphs and an arc of more than sixty metres. It has 17 swings. The original, of silver, was looted by the Napoleonic troops. The tradition is 800 years old.
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  • Tasting menú for 10€ was poor. Most of food like croquettes was frozen and reheated in microwaves. Quantities very small.
  • I only took coffee and cappuccino (good) very friendly staff, clean bathroom
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  • Dream come true, we're very lucky because after the noon mass he was used, elusive moment.
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  • Caro, with flies on top of food. It is only saved by the kindness of the treatment.
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  • Small, picturesque restaurant, good food and good wine at an affordable price. Particularity of the place the stone wall with coins and banknotes from around the world left by customers
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