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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  • My now 9 year old and I love a great seafood platter. It has been a while since our last, 18 months. We are always happy to spend for good seafood and if around the centre of Europe you will always pa...  more »
  • Well, not much to say, something more unique than rare. Definitely go to see it again because it enchants its rocking fumegiante.
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  • I had the opportunity to enjoy this spectacle at the pilgrim of the 12 in the morning mass, a Board must be seen in the transept of the Cathedral to appreciate the grandeur and strength that leads the "botafumeiro".
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  • Great cafe. Free Wi-Fi. Nice food
  • Tasting menú for 10€ was poor. Most of food like croquettes was frozen and reheated in microwaves. Quantities very small.
  • Good restaurant which offer different mini-menus of quality by way of tasting. The place is small but nice and clean. The service is attentive and fast that same kitchen. The price is affordable
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  • Very good place to eat, rations is they were great and the dishes had enough food and at a good price
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  • Food exquisite and very friendly... very cosy local
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