Portfolio Category: Santiago de Compostela

The Celtic Influence in Galicia

While Scotland and Ireland are most commonly associated with the Celtic people, the roots of the culture are spread throughout Europe. More than a millennium ago, a Celtic tribe known as the Gallaeci settled in an area north of the Douro River. The region became modern day Galicia, which is in northwest Spain and is…
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The Bones of St. James

After you leave the statue of St. James you will walk down stairs and then onto the crypt of St. James, which is purported to contain the relics of the saint that the cathedral (and the city) were built around. Imagine the significance this would have had for medieval Christians, who went on pilgrimage in hopes that…
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Santiago Statue

It’s a pilgrim tradition to climb up the stairs into the camarín or tiny room behind the altar that houses a medieval statue of St. James to give the statue a hug. Whether you hug or not, it’s still a really beautiful piece of Baroque art and offers a unique perspective of the cathedral. Walk down…
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Botafumeiro

The Botafumeiro is a famous thurible found in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Incense is burned in this swinging metal container, or incensory. The name "Botafumeiro" means "smoke expeller" in Galician. The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro is one of the largest censers in the world, weighing 80 kilograms or 176 pounds and measures 1.60 meters or 63 inches in height.…
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