When is the Botafumeiro used?

07 Mar When is the Botafumeiro used?

The Botafumeiro (‘censer’ in Galician) is one of the most famous and popular symbols of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is a large censer that swings from the central dome of the Cathedral, from which it hangs by a system of pulleys, to the side naves. Eight men are required to move it, who are known as the tiraboleiros, as it weighs 53 kg and measures 1.50 metres; it is suspended at a height of 20 metres and can reach a high speed.

The Botafumeiro is used for liturgical purposes, in the same way any priest would use a censer at the altar, and you can see it on the following days of Eucharistic celebration

  • The Epiphany: 6th January
  • Easter Sunday
  • The Ascension of the Lord
  • The Appearance of the Apostle-Clavijo: 23rd May
  • Pentecost
  • The Martyrdom of St. James: 25th July
  • Mary’s Assumption: 15th August
  • All Saints: 1st November
  • Christ the King
  • Immaculate Conception: 8th December
  • Christmas: 25th December
  • Transfer of the remains of the Apostle: 30th December

The Botafumeiro can also be operated to mark pilgrimages that have been requested at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office

To reserve the Botafumeiro, please send an email to: botafumeiro@catedraldesantiago.es.

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