The Botafumeiro is one of the most famous symbols of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
This large silver plated brass censer is a truly spectacular sight to witness, as it swings from the central dome of the Cathedral above the congregation. Suspended at a height of 20m it builds momentum and reaches speeds of 60km/hour as it swings from its system of pulleys. Eight specialist men "the tiraboleiros", are needed to move 53 kg censer which measures 1.50 meters.
The Botafumeiro is no longer in regular use on Fridays, as in earlier years. It can be requested through official channels and requires a donation to the Cathedral. We are able to arrange this for you by request.
The Botafumeiro is used for liturgical purposes and can be seen the following days of Eucharistic celebration:
- The Epiphany: January 6
- Easter Sunday
- The Ascension of the Lord
- The Apparition of the Apostle-Clavijo: May 23
- Pentecost The Martyrdom of Santiago: July 25
- Mary’s Assumption: August 15
- All Saints: November 1
- Christ the King Immaculate Conception: December 8
- Christmas: December 25
- Transfer of the remains of the Apostle: December 30
It is possible to make a personal request for the Botafumeiro on additional days to coincide with your pilgrimage.
You make a request directly via the Pilgrim Reception Office by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org