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Is the Botafumeiro closed for repairs in 2018?

gohoyas

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#1
I saw a post on the APOC Facebook page that says the Botafumeiro is closed during 2018 for repairs. I searched this forum and saw an article from November 2017, but only that one and nothing more recent. I checked the Cathedral's website and there is nothing about repairs on the Botafumeiro page. If anyone knows the details, please share. I will be there in October and although I have seen it before, would be blessed to see it again. Thanks for any information.
 

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jozero

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#3
My understanding was that the Cathedral interior would be closed for the majority of 2018 for renovations? Since the mechanism that swings the Botafumeiro is in that Cathedral only, I would imagine it would be a year without any flights?? I would be very interested to hear from someone in SDC with any further insight.
 

pelerine

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#4
So would I! Planning to walk the CP with children and grandchildren this year - what a pity it would be to miss the Botafumeiro!
 

jefferyonthecamino

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#5
I saw a post on the APOC Facebook page that says the Botafumeiro is closed during 2018 for repairs. I searched this forum and saw an article from November 2017, but only that one and nothing more recent. I checked the Cathedral's website and there is nothing about repairs on the Botafumeiro page. If anyone knows the details, please share. I will be there in October and although I have seen it before, would be blessed to see it again. Thanks for any information.
restoration works for the holy year 0f 2021 will commence inside the cathedral this year; these will include the high altar area. to the best of my knowledge these have not begun, but will this spring. i have tried to find a date but to no avail. likewise, the cathedral is cryptic about the durations of these works.

so once the works disrupt the Mass, the botafumeiro will (obviously) not swing and the Pilgrim Mass will be celebrated at another venue (Church of San Francisco if i am not mistaken).

my guess is that unfortunately you will not see the botafumeiro in october.
 

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tpmchugh

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#6
Pilgrim Masses will be moved to Church San Francisco. The gear and mountings in the cathedral ceiling for the botafumeiro are being refurbished so you are unlikely to see it during 2018. More importantly to me is, will the crypt where the reliquary is kept be closed to the public. I have not come across any information on that
 
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#7
I saw a post on the APOC Facebook page that says the Botafumeiro is closed during 2018 for repairs. I searched this forum and saw an article from November 2017, but only that one and nothing more recent. I checked the Cathedral's website and there is nothing about repairs on the Botafumeiro page. If anyone knows the details, please share. I will be there in October and although I have seen it before, would be blessed to see it again. Thanks for any information.
I contacted the Cathedral just 2 days ago about the botafumeiro. I saw online it is only used about 10 Holy Days a year now and that’s it, unless a group or someone makes a donation for is to be used. I asked them specifically about May 17 or 18. And they did not indicate the Cathedral would be closed, but I fact I could make a donation for it to be used on one or f those days. If you look online you can find the days listed that it is scheduled to be used. I’m going to miss it by about 5 Days....I think May 23 it is scheduled.
 

Lindainatl

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#8
I contacted the Cathedral just 2 days ago about the botafumeiro. I saw online it is only used about 10 Holy Days a year now and that’s it, unless a group or someone makes a donation for is to be used. I asked them specifically about May 17 or 18. And they did not indicate the Cathedral would be closed, but I fact I could make a donation for it to be used on one or f those days. If you look online you can find the days listed that it is scheduled to be used. I’m going to miss it by about 5 Days....I think May 23 it is scheduled.
How do you find the dates it is going to be used?
 
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#9
If you go to catedraldesantiago.es, at the top of the page it says Cathedral, culture, visits, liturgy, etc. Go to Liturgy. A list will drop down. At the bottom where it says Botafumeiro. Click that. The page tells you all about the Botafumeiro and has a list of 11 Solemn Feasts when it is used. At the bottom of the page it has an email you can contact to request its use. It’s a €450 donation. But I supposed for a group that may not be difficult. The donations help keep the cathedral in good repair and the doors open.
 

MrsGoGo

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#10
Thanks Michele. I did not find a year from that site. But let's wait more information about restoration works.
 
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#12
Thank you all for the valuable information. I am doing the CF in April and I had every hope to enter the Cathredal and see the Botafumeria. As you say, who knows the Spaniards may change the schedule. :)
 

RobertS26

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#13
When I finish the Camino I always stay at the Parador Hotel next to the Cathedral. The first thing I do after checking in is speak with the concierge to ask if a private party has already paid for the Botafumeiro the next day. I've have always been prepared to pay the fee if no one else has already paid. Each time, without even making a phone call, the concierge waived off my credit card telling me the fee has already been paid.

The first thing I do after dropping my bag in my room is walk around the square listening to all the theories about whether the Botafumeiro would swing the next day or not. I used to explain how I knew it would, but I got tired of people telling me the Parador has no way of knowing. That whether the Batafumeiro would swing or not is a closely guarded state secret that only the King and Queen of Spain were allowed to know in advance.

I always go back and joke with the concierge about the various rumors and theories I hear on the square. Their response is always the same, as the concierge at the Parador, they are asked each day by numerous guests if they can pay for the Batafumeiro. As a result, the Cathedral and the hotel are in constant contact about its status.

I am hesitant to post this information out of fear the concierge desk at the Parador will be inundated by non-guests lining up for the next day's status on the Batafumeiro. However, if you are registered at the hotel, and want to know for sure, contact the concierge.
 
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#14
It is down for repairs at the moment. No one in Spain ever knows when any maintenance will be completed on anything. You can watch the altar on a webcam. One day it will swing, and you will know maintenance is done (unless the webcam is down for maintenance).
Oh my god, sometimes I would like the cathedral to be closed to tourism and be dedicated exclusively to the liturgy, but only sometimes :)
 

Seanbau

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#15
I contacted the Cathedral just 2 days ago about the botafumeiro. I saw online it is only used about 10 Holy Days a year now and that’s it, unless a group or someone makes a donation for is to be used. I asked them specifically about May 17 or 18. And they did not indicate the Cathedral would be closed, but I fact I could make a donation for it to be used on one or f those days. If you look online you can find the days listed that it is scheduled to be used. I’m going to miss it by about 5 Days....I think May 23 it is scheduled.
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Hi Michele,
Last year I saw the botafumeiro swing on 2 consecutive days.
There are many large organised tourist groups attending that I was told will most often make the donation

I will be in SDC around the same time in May
 
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#18
I am in SdC. I made the Pilgrim’s Mass and at the end the Botafumiero was started. Perfect day. Sunday mass at 12:00 noon 22 April. I could not believe my good fortune. I thank God for my journey so far. The mass brought tears to my eyes. There was an English blessing for Peregrinos. I am still floating
 

AJGuillaume

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#19
If you go to catedraldesantiago.es, at the top of the page it says Cathedral, culture, visits, liturgy, etc. Go to Liturgy. A list will drop down. At the bottom where it says Botafumeiro. Click that. The page tells you all about the Botafumeiro and has a list of 11 Solemn Feasts when it is used.
@Michele Nickrent , your post made my day!! We'll be in Santiago on All Saints, 1 November, so we'll get to see the Botafumeiro!
Thank you!!
 
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#20
Thanks for all the info. Several of us are arriving on Saturday,12 May (silly statement-several are arriving every day;)) and have been curious when the pilgrim mass takes place. Online I’ve had a hard time getting even that info. Any info about this weekend would be appreciated! @tpmchugh , @Camino Addict
 
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#22
I saw a post on the APOC Facebook page that says the Botafumeiro is closed during 2018 for repairs. I searched this forum and saw an article from November 2017, but only that one and nothing more recent. I checked the Cathedral's website and there is nothing about repairs on the Botafumeiro page. If anyone knows the details, please share. I will be there in October and although I have seen it before, would be blessed to see it again. Thanks for any information.
Arrived in Santiago yesterday and went to the Pilgrim mass at noon today, Sunday, May 13th. The Botafumeiro swung, the choir sang, and tears ran down my face. It seems the Borafumeiro has swung for at least the last 10 days—perhaps in conjunction with the ascension festivities.
 

t2andreo

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#25
There are two, daily Pilgrim Masses. The first one is at noon. The second is at 19:30.

I was at Santiago 22 - 27 April. The Botafumeiro is back in service. The renovation work surrounding the pulley mechanism at that portion of the Cathedral ceiling is done.

They raced to complete this work over the winter to get things ready for the 2018 season. The season starts with Semana Santa (Holy Week) leading to Easter. We are in the 2018 Pilgrim season.

Hope this helps.
 

tpmchugh

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#26
Heard today from my son in Santiago that the cathedral is closing at the end of 2018 and will remain closed for 2019 and most of 2020. Anybody else heard this
 

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#27
Heard today from my son in Santiago that the cathedral is closing at the end of 2018 and will remain closed for 2019 and most of 2020. Anybody else heard this
Nops! Part of the interior of the cathedral might be temporarily closed for renovation but there are no plans I know of to close the whole cathedral for any considerable lenght of time. BC SY
 
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#28
I saw a post on the APOC Facebook page that says the Botafumeiro is closed during 2018 for repairs. I searched this forum and saw an article from November 2017, but only that one and nothing more recent. I checked the Cathedral's website and there is nothing about repairs on the Botafumeiro page. If anyone knows the details, please share. I will be there in October and although I have seen it before, would be blessed to see it again. Thanks for any information.
We finished our Camino Frances 2 weeks ago and we were blessed to see the Botafumeira twice during pilgrim mass at the Cathedral in Santiago.
 

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