When in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one seldomly is able to witness that special moment one looks forward to, the botafumeiro in full action and movement. We managed to enter the Cathedral and participate in the Sunday Mass, especially dedicated to pilgrims. And yes, we were blessed to observe the whole process of putting the botafumeiro in motion.
However, for those who do not, there is an exact replica of the botafumeiro of the cathedral in the Bazaar of Villar, located on Rua do Vilar # 1. This bazaar or shop located a few steps from the Plaza de Prateria and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, was founded by the Villar brothers, Ventura and Jose over 150 years ago and is dedicated to the sale of a wide variety of tourist products and souvenirs. Definitely, the replica of the botafumeiro obliges one to take a peek and go inside the store.
Forged in silver, the exact replica of the famous botafumeiro of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, was made in 1964. Framed with a reproduction of the portico of the Gloria of the cathedral, it prepares the scene for thousands of visits and photos. And we were not the exception!
Many have wanted to buy this replica without success. Like the original, the replica has become a treasure and icon of Santiago de Compostela and there it seems it will be forever.