Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Original artwork based on your pilgrimage or other travel photos.
2021 Camino Guides
Most all Camino authors have decided to use 2020 guides for 2021, with free PDF files with updates coming in the spring. Get yours today.

Portico de la gloria ?

skilsaw

Veteran Member
Which door to the Cathedral is the portico de la Gloria?
Story has it that the portico de la gloria is only opened during Holy year.

In 2004, the last Holy year, Pilgrims and tourists lined up at a small door at the back of the cathedral to see the crypt and hug the apostle. This door appeared closed and locked in 2006, not a Holy Year.

In 2006, not a holy year, the main front door off the obradorio square was open when I was there.

Which door is the portico de la gloria?
 
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop
Camino Cups
Browse our selection of Camino Cups on the forum store

marktqm

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2006)
The Portico de la Gloria is open always; it is at the cathedral's main entrance. The crypt under the altar is open everyday and the apostle can be hugged anytime, unless the authorities forbid it (H1N1 scare?).

The Holy Door (not the Portico) at the back of the altar is opened only on Holy Years -- it leads to the passage behind the main altar and you can see it if you go there. Of course during a Holy Year it is a very convenient shortcut to the aspotle and the crypt, but I guess the lines are longer.
 

skilsaw

Veteran Member
Thank you FatmaG and Mark.

From the website Fatma referenced:
The eastern façade at the Praza da Quintana ... has two main portals : the Holy Door and the Royal Door. The Holy Door opens only during a Holy Year, the year when 25 July (the saint's day of St. James) falls on a Sunday. It is accessible during those years via a smaller gated door, dedicated to St. Pelayo (St. Paio) (discoverer of the tomb of St. James).

So the Holy Door is the door closest to the crypt and St. James where people lined up in 2004. The lineup was nominal at 8:00 am, but several hours long at mid day.

The riddle of the doors now makes sense to me. I am so focused on walking during my pilgrimage that I have very little interest in the history and culture I am experiencing. It is only after that I begin to wonder about what I have missed.

David, Victoria, Canada
 
how to successfully prepare for your Camino
This book's focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared.
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 100 ratings
Downloads
15,013
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,673
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,524
Updated

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top