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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 once in a lifetime main altar beautiful cathedral st james ceremony
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 12 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 11 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 7 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
Thank Mariluchi609
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Attended the mass at 7.30 pm after our tiring walk. We were all tired but was uplifted when we knew that we will be able to watch the swinging of the Botafumeiro. Thank you Lord

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jadylee
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The botafumeiro doesn't go at every mass but if you are lucky enough to be there when it does, make sure to see it. So unique. Watch on YouTube if you can.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RoBertie
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing and unexpected experience! Achieving the goal of Walking the Camino was a humbling experience, but witnessing Benediction following the Pilgrim Mass was truly amazing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank T O
Reviewed 25 October 2018

My husband and I were fortunate to attend the mass at the Cathedral that included the Botafumeiro. Watching the Botafumeiro rise above our heads and swing from one side of the Cathedral to the other along with the angelic singing of the nun is something...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Experiencing the swinging is with pure luck,esply when one has very limited time after the walk in Santiago de Compostela.But the locals have a kinda knowledge, like its every holy day or every friday 7:30 pm because its paid by the hotel association or when...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gianna Marla M
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21 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.
28 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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29 January 2016|
Response from asesar |
You dont need tickets, is part of the mass. Every Fryday at 19:30 or when somebody makes an offering.
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