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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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  • My husband and I arrived on Monday, October 3 at Santiago de Compostela at 11.30 pm. We left the luggage at the reception of the hotel Bonaval and ran to the Cathedral as the Pilgrim's mass is held at 12 o'clock. To our surprise there was solemn mass concelebrated by the Bishop of Santiago and other Ministers: was the day of the national police and the Fiesta of the Angeles custodians (2/10) patrons of Spanish police! The most beautiful was the impressive spectacle of the BOTAFUMEIRO perfumed the Cathedral! Exciting! And the Cathedral to the fullest! Not what we expected... and were fortunate to arrive in Santiago that Monday at noon. The Cathedral exploited Compostela and tourists from all over... long silence, much respect and devotion! The perfume of incense that emanates from the "botafumeiro" creates a very special atmosphere... generates a spiritual connection between the present... difficult to explain, but you feel! Beautiful! María Teresa de Buenos Aires
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  • Not we visited the Cathedral in mass schedule for what we did not see the "botafumeiro" function but from my previous visit, I could see it and it is impressive.
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  • We arrived in Santiago on a Thursday afternoon and were told that the Friday evening mass would include the Botafumiero. Our rooftop tour let us out in the cathedral, and we were told where to sit for...  more »
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