Pilgrim mass at Santiago Cathedral moves to new location during restoration works

Pilgrim Mass at Santiago Cathedral and other religious services will take place in nearby churches across Santiago Old Town, while important restoration works take place inside the Cathedral this year.

From January 2019, works are underway at the Cathedral’s Main Altar and other chapels within the basilica. This is part of the overall restoration project to get Santiago Cathedral fully restored ahead of 2021, which is a Holy Year or Ano Xacobeo and a very special event for pilgrims to Santiago.

The traditional Pilgrim Mass will take place at the nearby San Francisco Church (Rua San Francisco) at 12pm every day. There will also be Pilgrim Mass at 7pm at San Fiz de Solovio as well as a Pilgrims Prayer at 8pm.

While the Botafumeiro won’t be in operation, the Cathedral will remain open for pilgrims and visitors from 9am to 8pm, with restricted access to certain areas undergoing restauration works. Pilgrims can still visit the Apostle’s crypt and continue with the traditional embrace of the Apostle.

It is also worth noting main access to the Cathedral will be by Praza de Praterias, and not Obradoiro Square.

This is the updated scheduled of masses and locations released by Santiago Cathedral:

07:30 h / 9:00 h / 10:00 h Iglesia de Santa María Salomé
11:00h Parroquia de la Corticela
13:00h Iglesia de Santa María Salomé (Sunday)
18:00h Iglesia de Santa María Salomé (Saturday and Sunday)
19:00h Iglesia de Santa María Salomé
19:00 h San Fiz de Solovio PILGRIM’S MASS. At 8 pm, Prayer with pilgrims (from Monday to Saturday).

Masses in foreign languages:

-Messe in deutscher Sprahe. Täglich, 8 uhr (Mai – Oktober). Kirche von San Fiz de Solovio.
-Messe en français. Tous les jours, 8:00 h (Mai – Octobre). Chapelle du Centre d’Accueil des Pèlerins.
-Msza po polsku. pn-pt 9:30 (lipiec – wrzesień). Kościół San Fiz de Solovio.
-Mass in English language: every day, 9:30 am (From March to November). Chapel of the Pilgrim’s Office.
-Messa in lingua italiana. Da lunedì a sabato, alle 10:30 (maggio – ottobre). Chiesa di San Fiz de Solovio.

Mass on special dates such as St James Day will take place at San Martin Pinario Church.

At CaminoWays.com, we’ll keep you informed with any updates and developments related to the Cathedral conservation-restoration works, pilgrim mass times and other news. In the meantime, if you require more specific information in relation to pilgrim mass at Santiago Cathedral, we recommend visiting the Cathedral’s official website: catedraldesantiago.es/en.

You can see the new locations on this map by Santiago Cathedral:


Pilgrims to Santiago won’t be disappointed as they will be able to admire the wonderful Cathedral facade in full as well as the magnificent Portico da Gloria, after years of delicate and much needed restoration by top experts in the field to bring Santiago Cathedral back to its full glory ahead of Holy Year 2021.

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  1. By Maria

    Hi Judy, It is possible to enter the cathedral, there are only certain restrictions in areas that are undergoing restoration work such as some of the chapels.

  2. By Judy Warner

    We will be there in early Sept. 2019.
    Will he able to enter the cathedral at all?
    Thank you.

  3. By pina lee

    Hola. Sabes en que fecha del 2021 empiezan las celebraciones del año santo?

  4. By Lisa

    Hi David, they are working on it at the moment and the idea is that it will be back to its full glory by the time the Holy year comes around for 2021 so we cannot guarantee that it will be free of scaffolding by June 2020 but there will be masses available in other churches throughout Santiago de Compostela. Kindest wishes, Lisa.

  5. By David Martin

    will the cathedral be free of scaffolding in june 2020

  6. By Maria

    Hi Chris, unfortunately the rooftop tour is not available this year due to the conservation works however the Portico da Gloria is highly recommended and it’s free. We hope this helps!

  7. By Chris

    Will you still be able to get the roof top tour?

  8. By Maria

    Hi Donna, on the other hand you will get to see the cathedral facade without scaffolding ;-) You should definitely go to see the Portico da Gloria, it only reopened last year and it’s magnificent. Buen Camino!

  9. By Donna

    Happy for the restoration and that they keep it maintained, but sad that we won’t have our Pilgrim Mass there :(

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