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Botafumeiro out of use for maintenance for unspecified period


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I’m sure it will be back prior to Christmas Mass.
I have read that there are two botafumeiros.
"The current Botafumeiro is made of an alloy of brass and bronze and is plated by a very thin 20-micrometre layer of silver. The current Botafumeiro was created by the gold and silversmith José Losada in 1851. It has a golden sheen." [btw brass and bronze are both alloys themselves.]
"There is another large thurible used in the other masses carried out in the cathedral, called La Alcachofa (literally, 'the Artichoke')[7] or La Repollo (literally, 'the Cabbage'). La Alcachofa is a silver-colored metal censer. It was created in 1971 by the sacred art artisans working under the craftsman Luis Molina Acedo." [Wiki]
So can't they use the spare in the meantime?

I should have read the article! I just read the headline and made an assumption. Edited after reading posts 4, 5, and 6.
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Technical backpack for day trips with backpack cover and internal compartment for the hydration bladder. Ideal daypack for excursions where we need a medium capacity backpack. The back with Air Flow System creates large air channels that will keep our back as cool as possible.

So can't they use the spare in the meantime?
The thurible is only one small element of the botafumeiro, there is the whole pully mechanism and supporting structure, a considerable weight..
If there was any doubt about its integrity, and this would appear to be the case, there would need to be a very thorough inspection of the whole system, it could take some time.
Ropes wear out, as any sailor or bell-ringer will tell you. Replacing the ropes, e.g. bell ropes, is when you have a good look at the mechanism to make sure everything is OK. So this may be a routine shut down lasting a few days. Then again, if they do find a problem the shut down will be longer. Fingers crossed it´s the former.
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