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One of the symbol of the Santiago de Compostela Catedral is the Botafumeiro.
Thanks to the Internet, today we can see how is the swinging of the censer. Click here to see the mathematical explanation of the motion.
The Botafumeiro is a huge piece of 53 kilos and 1.5 meters high that need the support of eight specialists to move it high up the cathedral, reaches a speed of 68 km / h.
8 altar boys swing the incense burner to spread the incense all over the Cathedral.
It is a very old tradition which was used to clean the air. Lots of pilgrims arrive into the huge church without well-groomed bodies, after days and months of hard journey.
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