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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Botafumeiro and many more Santiago de Compostela attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Santiago de Compostela online holiday builder .
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  • Though the Church is under construction you can still see the famous and spectacular size of the botafumiero  more »
  • My friends and I had a great time there observing the speechless art they have all around. Wherever you look is history. You must visit if you are in Santiago de Compostela. You will never be...  more »
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  • Insta-worthy Café just beside the Cathedral. One cup of coffee is Eur1.40 only (with free biscuit) You will be amazed with the collection of coins and paper currency from all over the world, given by their customer. Classic numismatic! Best things about this place: 1. Free WiFi 2 Friendly service from the owners. 3. Menu has English, Italian and German version. 4. Free usage of toilets 5. Ample space 6. They serve lunch and dinner too. 7. They have outlets for phone charging. 8. Delicious coffee!
  • Good food and very friendly service.
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