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One of the symbol of the Santiago de Compostela Catedral is the Botafumeiro.

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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.

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Botafumeiro de Santiago de CompostelaThe 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.

You might also want to read our post about What to do in the Cathedral of Santiago?

 

 

 

 

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