Guided tour of Santiago Cathedral, Portico de la Gloria and Botafumeiro, symbols of the city and the pilgrimage

Guided visit of Santiago Cathedral, one of the greatest pilgrimage centres in the world. The temple is mysticism, mystery and magic, not only because it houses the rests of Santiago Apostle, but also because of its vast architectural value that includes styles like Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassic, Plateresque or Romanesque in a single building.

After almost a decade of restoration work, pilgrims and visitors can admire the Pórtico de la Gloria. It is the western entrance of the Romanesque cathedral, created by Maestro Mateo in 1168 and considered a pinnacle of universal art.

Under the Main Altar, in a small crypt, we will observe the apostle and disciple’s relics, and on the altar we will see the hanging Botafumeiro in suspension, a huge censer that has become the symbol of the cathedral.

We will visit the famous Chapel of La Corticela, where we can contemplate a representation of the Adoration of the Three Kings and around the main nave and the ambulatory, we will find until 16 chapels devoted to saints and virgins.

The Cathedral Museum will take us back to the 9th century, when the remains of the Apostle Saint James the Great were discovered in Galicia. We will learn some secrets of the Camino de Santiago at the same time as we visit the art treasures which have been included in the temple (for example, the Codex Calixtinus).

True to the tradition, the group can attend the Pilfrim's Mass, in Santiago Cathedral and see the Botafumeiro in movement

During the mass, the participants have the opportunity to ask the Sain for “forgiveness” see the Botafumeiro swinging and witness the offering to the Apostle Saint James. 

The Botafumeiro is a 19th century censer which is part of one of the most spectacular and unique ceremonies in the cathedral. It was originally used to perfume and disinfect Santiago Cathedral, because of the odours left by the thousands of pilgrims after completing the Camino in the 19th century.