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“pilgrim's mass”(40 reviews)
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Praza Inmaculada s/n, 15704, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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All reviews front row pilgrim's mass incense burner spectacular sight special occasions takes place full swing standing room at noon amazing experience attending mass awe inspiring moving experience once in a lifetime main altar beautiful cathedral st james
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Reviewed 24 January 2019

The interior of the cathedral undergoes extensive repair in preparation for the holy year 2021. The exterior had been renovated in the last several years. So there won't be pilgrims mass in side the cathedral for all 2019 (possibly longer). That means there won't be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 23 January 2019

We went to the church and it so happened that the Botafumeiro was swinging. I had goose pimples! Thankfully, we were there at the right time.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cathy R
Reviewed 12 January 2019

The English language can't do justice to describe the amazing feeling of being blessed by the smoke and ash of the Botafumeiro. You don't have to be religious at all to enjoy the experience of this mass, put on specifically for the pilgrims of the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank thetones
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Didn’t get to see the botafumeiro during my few days in Santiago but did get to seeing hanging from the ceiling. Even seeing the size of it hanging from the roof is impressive, it must be something to see when swing through the cathedral. My...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jason S
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Amazingly beautiful! I was so shocked about how gorgeous is to see this ritual! You can feel faith and is breathtaking!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carolinaff237
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Happened to be in town on The Feast of Christ the King when the Botafumeiro was swung. The pomp and ceremony surrounding the occasion needs to be seen to be believed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed 13 November 2018

we were fortunate enough to get to witness the swing of the Botafumeiro. unfortunately this is only swung at certain times. If you ask at the Cathedral when it is going to swing unfortunately they can not tell you

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dreamer14996509942
Reviewed 12 November 2018

If you haven’t seen it, you must. It occurs at the noon mass in the cathedral and is sponsored usually upon and by a group of pilgrims ending their Camino. There is a cost involved to sponsor, but an incredible site.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to have been able to witness this event. It was beyond my expectations. We arrived and learned that this only takes place 7-8 times per year and it it not announced. This was my main reason for visiting to Santiago so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 23milliec
Reviewed 8 November 2018

After walking for 7 days, attending the mass for the pilgrims was an incredible experience. The botafumerio is part of the experience. was really awesome.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ok4cruising
22 May 2018|
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
Agree you should be on one of the sides. Front rows are less obstructed but to get full view of swing over your head, further back might be better.
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Justlovetogoplaces
29 March 2017|
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Response from roadwarrior50 | Reviewed this property |
My understanding is that this is part of the "Pilgrims' Mass" so look for the schedule of the Pilgrims' Mass. The Pilgrim Mass is usually held daily at 12 noon at the high alter in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, as well... More
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Jeannette V R
30 January 2016|
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You dont need tickets, is part of the mass. Every Fryday at 19:30 or when somebody makes an offering.
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