|Inside the Cathedral |
I met some women on bus from Australia, they had done the walk to Santiago (St James Way) from France and because they go there early they went to Porto for a few days told me there would be a Pilgrim mass at 7.30 pm so found my hotel and then headed to the cathedral. I was late so had to sit on a side aisle. The Botafumeiro (censer) was amazingly big and it wound up going back and forth in my aisle. There were 8 red robbed tiraboleiros (men) who were hoisting this up and swinging it back and forth, I was in the perfect spot to see it and also take photos and videos. It was a very emotional service and for some reason I got all choked up. I looked around the Cathedral for awhile and then I headed back, by not it was after 9 by then and dark and now I realize I really did not know my way back to my hotel, and there were so many alley ways with hardly any lights. I had the directions so I would ask people finally got it right and realized I forgot to make a turn at the one point.
|St James Moor Slayer|
|Eight red-robed tiraboleiros pull the ropes|