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Door of Mercy at the Cathedral in Santiago?

gohoyas

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#1
I am walking the Camino Portuguese starting in September. I heard that because the Pope has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy that there is a special door of forgiveness we can walk through at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Is this true? Where is the door?

Also, how can we find out which masses have the botafumero? Is there any way to find out in advance? Will the Pilgrim's Office know?

Thank you for any information! Buen Camino!
 

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Hi, gohoyas,

Welcome to the forum! I'm a Hoya, too, class of 1972.

The Santiago Cathedral has a Holy Door, off of the Plaza de Quintana, which is open only during Holy Years and this Year of Mercy. You will have no problem finding the door.

The botafumeiro "flies" at every Friday 7:30 pm mass, paid for by the hoteliers of Santiago. Aside from planned appearances at special masses throughout the year, the botafumeiro depends on a contribution of, I think, 350-400 euros. It is not announced in advance, so count yourself lucky if you see it.

Buen camino, Laurie
 
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falcon269

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I have been through the holy doors in Florence, Pisa, and Santiago this year. The one in Santiago was the easiest to go through, but only entering the cathedral, not leaving it! It will close again on about November 20, so you will be able to go through it. Buen camino!
 

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#6
Oh how fortunate to be able to go through the Holy Door in the catherdral. There are only 7 Holy Doors in the world. Four in Italy, one in FRance , one in Quebc, and the catherdral in Santiago....The Doors of Mercy are in the major Catherdrals in each city as part of the Popes Jublilee of Mercy as not everyone can get to a Holy Door.
There is more to the forgiveness of sin by walking through the door.....
 
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#7
Oh how fortunate to be able to go through the Holy Door in the catherdral. There are only 7 Holy Doors in the world. Four in Italy, one in FRance , one in Quebc, and the catherdral in Santiago....The Doors of Mercy are in the major Catherdrals in each city as part of the Popes Jublilee of Mercy as not everyone can get to a Holy Door.There is more to the forgiveness of sin by walking through the door.....
There are many, many holy doors in the world that have been proclaimed by Pope Francis for this Year of Mercy. Our diocese alone (Austin, TX) has 4 so that people do not have to travel a long distance to the cathedral. On our Camino we also walked through several clearly-marked holy doors in Barcelona, Leon, Astorga, Burgos (I believe) and Pamplona.
 
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Oh how fortunate to be able to go through the Holy Door in the catherdral. There are only 7 Holy Doors in the world. Four in Italy, one in FRance , one in Quebc, and the catherdral in Santiago....The Doors of Mercy are in the major Catherdrals in each city as part of the Popes Jublilee of Mercy as not everyone can get to a Holy Door.
There is more to the forgiveness of sin by walking through the door.....

This is not completely correct.
The Porta Santa worldwide in this Year of Mercy.

I myself walked through the Porta Santa in the cathedrals in Antwerp and Liege here in Belgium.

http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en/mondo/porte-della-misericordia.html
 
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#10
I am at Santiago at present, working as a volunteer at the Pilgrim's Office, until 20 August. Peregrino Nicole is here as well, and we are currently flat-mates.

As regards the Holy Door, or the Door of Mercy, it is as everyone above has stated. I would add that, as this is the summer and it is peak pilgrim and tourist season, there is frequently a queue to enter the special Holy Door/Door of Mercy. When I walk by, there are typically 20-30 people in the queue. But, it is totally manageable.

The special door is on the East side of the Cathedral, facing Plaza Quitana. The primary entry to the Cathedral is around the corner, through the South Transept, at the top of the stairs at Plaza Praterias.

In either case, backpacks are NOT permitted into the Cathedral for security reasons. The nearest consigna, to pay to store your backpack, walking sticks, staff or bike securely is located at the top of the stone stairs at Plaza Praterias, about 30 meters to the right.

An organization of university academics operates a shop on the corner of the building called "Campus Stellae." They sell souvenirs, as well as locally sourced crafts and foods. But most important to this thread, it is the consigna nearest the Cathedral entrances.

The Pilgrim Office, at Rua das Carretas #33, also operates a consigna. It costs €2 per day. You CAN store items for multiple days, like if you want continue on to Fonistetre or Muxia, and return in 5 or 6 days. Inquire at the group office.

I hope this helps.
 
#13
In this busiest of periods you cannot access the rest of the cathedral through the Holy Door. The Cathedral has announced :

Information about access to the Cathedral:
Access to the Cathedral (Basilica) is performed by the door Silversmiths, leaving the door Azabachería and Portico Bookshop Real as exit doors.
Entrance through the Door of Mercy allows access to the Tomb of the Apostle and to embrace the Saint, returning to the outside by the door of the Abbots, the Plaza de la Quintana.
Access to the Cathedral Museum (Permanent Collection visits and visits covered) is performed through the Visitor Reception Centre in the Plaza del Obradoiro (on the main facade of the Cathedral).
 

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