“El pórtico de la Gloria” under restoration

These days the restoration work of the famous “Pórtico de la Gloria” in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is getting started. The actual restoration work has not yet started, but the walk ways has been set up for the workers to get to the stone figures.

Several companies from Spain, Italy and France are in the bidding for this job, and the winner will be chosen at the end of July.

Photo from La Voz de Galicia.

Earlier reports indicate that once the restoration is finished, it will not be possible to touch any of the columns that support the “pórtico”. Traditionally this has been a place where pilgrim put their fingers on a column and also touch their forehead on one of the columns.

The restoration work will be finished for the holy year 2010.