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Long queues to enter the cathedral and Portico tickets sold out for 2 weeks

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Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
A local TV station has reported that there are still long queues to enter the Cathedral despite the suspension of services while repair work is in progress. People still want to hug the Apostle! The text accompanying the video also notes that tickets to view the recently restored Portico da Gloria have already sold out for the next two weeks.
 

t2andreo

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For what it is worth, the FIRST 25 pilgrims in queue to be seen each morning, Monday - Saturday, are offered a FREE pass to visit the Portico de la Gloria. On Sunday, the free passes go to local residents.

This means you must be on the line outside the pilgrims office when they open at 08:00. Then you must proceed directly down to the waiting area room where the queue number dispensing kiosks are, then you must have number 0001 - 0025.

Sometimes people actually refuse this as they have inflexible plans. So on some days, the staff need to go higher than the first 25 pilgrims to give these free passes away.

These free tours are generally at 19:00.
 
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elleley

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Is that the queue at the Pilgrims Office you are referring to or at the Catedral?
 

peregrina2000

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A local TV station has reported that there are still long queues to enter the Cathedral despite the suspension of services while repair work is in progress. People still want to hug the Apostle! The text accompanying the video also notes that tickets to view the recently restored Portico da Gloria have already sold out for the next two weeks.
I am not sure whether the note about the tours of the Portico being sold out for two weeks means that they have opened up more tours and sold them out, but when I was there in July, the online reservations were full, but every day they opened up new tours for walk-ins, so it is worth checking. I’ve given other suggestions in this post as well.

 
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I've always gotten there first thing in the morning, a few minutes before they open to get a good place in line to hug the Apostle AND at the Pilgrim Office.
 

Geodoc

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Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
The OP was about the cathedral:
It was also about the lines for the Porto - T2Andreo pointed out a way to avoid that two week wait. We were fortunate to be among the first 10 (technically, 3-5) in line at the Pilgrim's Office the other day and got tickets to the Portico. Others turned down the tickets, so even a guy who was 37th in line at the Pilgrim's Office in the morning was able to get a ticket. Well worth it (but, we were in line at the Pilgrim's Office at 6:30 AM and by 7:00 AM their were already about 20 people in line - so, just a head's up). The tour is at 19:00 (7 PM) - no photos and you can't put your hand on the column (I so badly wanted to do that, but...)

Also, if you go to the Cathedral in the morning (fairly early), the wait to get in is not long - maybe 3-4 minutes to get past security, with about a 20-30 minute wait to see the statue and crypt (we went in sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 on Monday).
 

Lucy Keenan

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Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
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A local TV station has reported that there are still long queues to enter the Cathedral despite the suspension of services while repair work is in progress. People still want to hug the Apostle! The text accompanying the video also notes that tickets to view the recently restored Portico da Gloria have already sold out for the next two weeks.
So there are no pilgrims masses being said, or any other mass ?
 

VNwalking

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Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
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So there are no pilgrims masses being said, or any other mass ?
From the Cathedral website:
Due to restoration works inside the Cathedral, masses are celebrated in other churches in the city:
-Iglesia de San Francisco: Daily Pilgrim’s Mass – 12:00 am noon
-Iglesia de San Fiz de Solovio: Daily Pilgrim’s Mass – 7:00 pm, with Pilgrim Prayer (from Monday to Saturday).
-Iglesia de Santa María Salomé:
From Monday to Friday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sundays: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm
-Chapel of la Corticela: Every day – 11:00 am
If you need information, Lucy, it's all out there - have fun planning:
 

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