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During holy years, the clock tower of the cathedral has a light turned on at the top at night. So you can more easily find your way.
 
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There was a time being a Catholic in the USA was frowned upon and, sometimes, the Priest would be run out of town on a rail, or worse.
To indicate a Priest was present for Mass a candle would be lit in a specific way, in a specific window.
Welcoming the faithful, especially those looking for the Way, or those who may have lost it...is a long honored tradition.
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Ivar, Thank You! This is such a beautiful photo with all the lights. Are the clocks in the tower functioning?
 

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A long time ago there was a catapult atop one of the cathedral towers! I rather prefer the light.
There was a time when the most substantial and defensible structure in a town was the Church. Here in the USA we have the Alamo in Texas. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that a cathedral, in this case Santiago would have been fortified. In 997, Almanzor, the ruler of al-Andalus, sacked Compostela and set the town, all of its churches, and its cathedral on fire.
 
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During holy years, the clock tower of the cathedral has a light turned on at the top at night. So you can more easily find your way.
Ivar, I had no idea and this is a beautiful photo. Can I share it in my Camino group?
 
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During holy years, the clock tower of the cathedral has a light turned on at the top at night. So you can more easily find your way.
Thank you Ivar for this beautiful Photo.
I have got my 2021 passports from your office, so now I just wait for better times, again walk to Santiago from San Jean P. d. Port and see the light in the top of the tower. 🍀 🍀 🍀
 

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Since my first Camino the Catedral in Compostela has been a beacon to me. I feel so at home there. 🚶‍♂️😍
 
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