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27th June 2014: Cotolaya

In 2014 the Franciscans of Santiago de Compostela celebrate the pilgrimmage of St. Francis of Assisi to the tomb of the Apostle St. James 800 years ago in the year 1214. To commemorate this special occasion they decided to issue the "Cotolaya" as a document in the style of the Compostela to pilgrims who reach Santiago. The "Cotolaya" is named after Cotolay who played a decisive role in the construction of the Franciscan monastary in the 13th century. Pilgrims may pick up their Cotolayas in the church's sacristy from 10-11 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m. I've also added the Cotolaya to our little "Pilgrim's encyclopedia."

7th January 2014:

The year 2011 saw the 800th anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and with it the restoration of the crosses of consecration. Back then I took a photo of each cross and added a page of photos and Latin inscriptions as well as their Spanish translations. Now there's finally an English version of that page. For now there's a link here and on the Santiago history page.

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20th March 2010:

A bit like the work going on in "Santiago offline" the changes to took a little longer than expected. However, contrary to the construction of the Culture City ("Ciudad de la Cultura"), the restauration of the cathedral's Pórtico de la Gloria, the new airport terminal or the arrival of the high speed train "Ave" in Santiago, the new version of these pages is ready for the Holy Year 2010 as planned ;-)

25th January 2010: Construction on the Plaza de la Quintana

Locals and visitors alike have noted with astonishment the repair work taking place on the heavy stones that form the surface of Santiago's Plaza de la Quintana. Considering that the cathedral's Holy Door had been closed for five years between Holy Years 2004 and 2010, more than one passerby has shaken his head at the moment of the repairs: just a few weeks after the Holy Door was opened.

December 31, 2009: Holy Year 2010

On the evening before January 1, 2010, the first day of Holy Year, the archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, Julián Barrio, opened the cathedral's Holy Door ("Puerta Santa") in a solemn ceremony. The spectators who had held out on the Plaza de la Quintana in the pouring rain, together with represantatives of the Spanish and the Galician regional government ("Xunta de Galicia"), saw the sun come out right at the moment the door was opened.

Main altar of the cathedral of Santiago

May 19, 2009:

Now we also have a nicer photo of the cathedral's main altar.

Northern facade of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

April 28, 2009:

I replaced the photo of the northern facade of the cathedral with a nicer one.

April 19, 2009: Inauguration of the new President of Galicia

In the elections to the Galician regional parliament last march the Partido Popular, lead by Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, reclaimed victory after a little less than four years of a socialist-nationalist government. Having been voted the new president of the regional government (Xunta de Galicia), Feijoo held the traditional speech at the Obradoiro square between the cathedral, town hall and the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos. The photo shows him with the Spanish and Galician flags and with the traditional Galician bagpipe players (gaiteiros).

Censer - Botafumeiro

April 17, 2009:!

The article about the Botafumeiro had deserved better photos of both the censer and the "alcachofa". So I've replaced them with much nicer ones.

April 13, 2009: - now also in English

Welcome to! In order to make the content of available to a larger audience the site will be bilingual from today on. I hope you'll find some interesting and useful information. Any suggestion on how to improve these pages will be more than welcome.

February 24, 2009: Carnival in Galicia

The most famous towns of Galica, as far as carnival is concerned, can be found in the southeastern of the four provinces, Orense. Especially the cities of Xinzo de Limia, Verín and Laza are well known for their splendid masks and costumes. The photo shows the mask of a "Cigarrón" in Verín during this year's "antroido" or "entroido" as the carnival is called in Galician depending on the region.