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 current censer is not the same as it was originally. It is made of an alloy of brass and bronze by José Losada in 1851. The French are concerned with the appearance and disappearance of the...  more »
  • You have to be there to believe your eyes. During the ceremony of welcoming, or "cleansing: the pilgrims et al, the monks swing a huge censer over the heads of the crowd in the main nave of the...  more »
  • 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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