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Cathedral Tour in Santiago, includes roof top


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Kurt5280

Crazy Enough To Try It Again!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: SJPDP to Finisterre & Muxia 9/15 (MTB) - Norte: Bayonne to Muxia & Finisterre 9/18 (MTB)
#5
I wanted to do the Cathedral rooftop tour...the problems are...first...you have to know there is a Tour Office in the basement to schedule special tours...second...you have to go to the Tour Office and get the weekly schedule of special tours...third...every time I was there attempting to schedule a special tour there were only two employees scheduling special tours...one was always having an exceptionally long conversation with another group...and the other was trying to act busy behind the counter without helping anyone standing in line...basically I missed scheduling a rooftop tour on my last Camino...so my advise is use the same patience that you did standing in line for two plus hours to get your Compostela and schedule a Cathedral rooftop tour.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#7
I loved the rooftop tour, too, and did not find it complicated to purchase tickets. However, my first time I purchased tickets it was directly from the cathedral, second year they told me to buy them online, but it was easy.
 

martyseville

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
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#8
I did the roof top tour last May. After walking the Ingles.

Checked at the Cathedral office. Told to go on line to reserve a space.

Went on line. Reserved space. Saved the reservation.

At time of the tour showed up few minutes before scheduled time. Showed my online booking. Was saved to my phone as well.

No problems. Nice tour. Good guide.

The office in the cathedral would not sell me a ticket directly.
Got me why. I was there face-to-face. But had to do it on line.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#11

natefaith

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Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
#12
Even if you can't get a spot for the English rooftop tour, do still go on a Spanish rooftop tour if it works out. To be up there for an hour, looking around and taking photos, and gleaning what you can glean from the tour guide - it's still worth it even if it's not in English.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#13
My first tour was in English, but could only get one in Spanish the following year during my available timeframe. I thought I'd be disappointed, but it's really the spectacular VIEWS I love anyway, so I was still very happy.
 
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C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#14
Our tours (Pilgrim Office voluntarios) are usually in Spanish. Last summer, I finally got to ask a question that had flummoxed me on prior tours.

On the ridge of the roof, to the east, above the central nave and main altar area of the Cathedral, there is a single bell suspended from a small stone and wooden frame. It has a cord leading from it, into the roof.

Clearly, it was not intended to be a main Cathedral bell. Santiago, and the other really BIG bells in the South bell tower have that need well covered.

Note: the North bell tower does not have bells, it contains the "clacker" the large wooden wheel that makes a pronounced clacking sound. During Semana Santa (Holy Week) it is used in place of bells during the celebration of the Passion of our Lord, when using bells is considered inappropriate.

Back to the small bell. It is about 50 cm in diameter at the bottom and looks more like a chapel or schoolhouse bell. I did ask what it was for. Here is the docent's explanation...

"Back in the day (my term), the official bell ringer and his family lived on the roof of the Cathedral. The cord on the small bell led, and still leads to the area behind the main altar. When the celebrant in the Cathedral below, desired bells to be rung, an assistance would pull the bell cord, alerting the official bell ringer on the roof to ring the main Cathedral bells."

Go figure...
 
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#17
I took the Roof Top Tour last October. Easy to sign up for and worthwhile. However, I was not prepared for the slanting roof and height. I, frankly, was very happy to come down to the ground at the end of the tour!
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago (2016)
Le Puy en Velay to Pamplona (2018)
Santiago to Muxia (2018)
#19
Or, you could volunteer to work at the Pilgrim Office. The Cathedral roof tour is part of the benefit package. We also get an exhaustive tour of the Cathedral museum and library provided by the Cathedral historian.

Priceless!
Hi. firstly, I would love to do the Cathedral roof tour, but I am guessing my ridiculous fear of high places would prevent that.
But I am very interested to hear of your work as a volunteer. Would you mind steering me in the right direction to find out more about this work.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#20
Hi. firstly, I would love to do the Cathedral roof tour, but I am guessing my ridiculous fear of high places would prevent that.
But I am very interested to hear of your work as a volunteer. Would you mind steering me in the right direction to find out more about this work.
Me too for the volunteers (have been hospitalero before) as now retired but not if you have to go on the roof - entering Portomarin is bad enough for me!
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
#21
Hi. firstly, I would love to do the Cathedral roof tour, but I am guessing my ridiculous fear of high places would prevent that.
I can cry walking over bridges and really do hate heights but I found the rooftops ok. There was a lady on our tour who was very nervous but she didn't regret her visit. I never felt so close to the edge that it was a problem and the longer I was there the more comfortable I felt. I know everyone is different but I just wanted to say it wasn't so bad for me (and my family were so surprised I did it!) :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago (2016)
Le Puy en Velay to Pamplona (2018)
Santiago to Muxia (2018)
#22
Me too for the volunteers (have been hospitalero before) as now retired but not if you have to go on the roof - entering Portomarin is bad enough for me!
Ah, yes I remember Portomarin, for most walkers those steps would be a doddle, for us with a questionable sense of balance, those last ten steps are at crawl pace. But of course, once you did it you felt as big as ten bears. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago (2016)
Le Puy en Velay to Pamplona (2018)
Santiago to Muxia (2018)
#23
I can cry walking over bridges and really do hate heights but I found the rooftops ok. There was a lady on our tour who was very nervous but she didn't regret her visit. I never felt so close to the edge that it was a problem and the longer I was there the more comfortable I felt. I know everyone is different but I just wanted to say it wasn't so bad for me (and my family were so surprised I did it!) :)
Thank you. I think the tour has to be on our list of "must do's" whilst we are in Santiago this year. Can't wait.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#24
Ah, yes I remember Portomarin, for most walkers those steps would be a doddle,
I thought Jeff was talking about the bridge, not the steep steps the other side, but I may be wrong ;).
I have to walk across that bridge in the road, and be very wary of traffic, rather than on the path at the side.
Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago (2016)
Le Puy en Velay to Pamplona (2018)
Santiago to Muxia (2018)
#25
I thought Jeff was talking about the bridge, not the steep steps the other side, but I may be wrong ;).
I have to walk across that bridge in the road, and be very wary of traffic, rather than on the path at the side.
Jill
Yes, your probably right. I had erased that experience, ha,ha. Your comment revived the memory, 'cos I too had to walk the bridge. Don't think I breathed till I got to the other side. But we did it, and that is what enriches our experience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#26
Hi. firstly, I would love to do the Cathedral roof tour, but I am guessing my ridiculous fear of high places would prevent that.
But I am very interested to hear of your work as a volunteer. Would you mind steering me in the right direction to find out more about this work.
I will send you a PM with the information you need. I have posted it here, in the forum previously as well.
 

caminka

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
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#27
rooftop tour a few years ago included some of the rooms (incl. the great hall with its amazing capitals and the loo) of the Palacio de Gelmirez, built by one of the most important bishops of the romanesque santiago. is this still included in the tour? or if not, is it possible to visit separately? I visited it in 2005 (before the rooftop was added), was delighted and would like to visit the palace again. only there is no mention of the palace in the guided tours on the cathedral site. is it closed? in renovation?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#29
I love the rooftop tour and have done it twice. A very unique opportunity and such beautiful views of the city. A big "thumbs up"!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#30
Hi. firstly, I would love to do the Cathedral roof tour, but I am guessing my ridiculous fear of high places would prevent that.
But I am very interested to hear of your work as a volunteer. Would you mind steering me in the right direction to find out more about this work.
Sorry for the delay. I am just now seeing this. As a matter of fact I am in Santiago, having come off the Camino de Invierno.

For detailed information about volunteering, please consult my post: “How to Volunteer in the Pilgrim Office at Santiago.”

You can use the search function to locate it.

I hope this helps.
 

MegR

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
#31
From the site, it appears the tours are only in Spanish. Can anyone confirm?
 

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