See the Porch of Glory will cost 10 euros from December
The Portico da Gloria will reopen on December 1 and the visits will cost ten euros, twelve if they are made jointly with the Museum of the Cathedral and the Colexiata de Sar. There will also be reduced rates for students, pilgrims, unemployed and over 65 (which will be established at 8 and 10 euros, respectively), others for the educational program for schoolchildren (2 and 3 euros) and a third group that will be free.
The free access visits will be short, will last around fifteen minutes, and will focus exclusively on the work of Mestre Mateo. The members of Friends of the Cathedral, the neighbors of Santiago, the pilgrims and eye! also to the general public.
When and how?
-Neighbors of Santiago. They will have four groups between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm on Sundays. They must withdraw the invitation at the box office after accrediting their residence with the certificate of registration.
-Pilgrims. They will form their own group from Monday to Saturday between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. They will be made with the relevant invitation in the Pilgrim's Office with their Compostela.
-General public. They will be the protagonists of the other two groups that enter from Monday to Saturday between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. They also need an invitation and they will collect it at the box office.
Bookings online may begin to be made in the next few days on the website of the Cathedral Museum. The visits, which will be offered in Spanish, Galician and English, will be 45 minutes long and begin at the hours and a and a half with a maximum of 25 people in each group. Your schedule will be from 10 to 20 hours from November to March and from 9 to 20 hours between April and October. In total, the daily limit of people who can access the Portico will be 475 people.
The visits will begin in the Pazo de Xelmírez, including the Weapons Room, which hosts the informative space on the restoration of the Pórtico da Gloria; the Hall of Ceremonies, with Espacio Mestre Mateo; and the visit to the Pórtico.
Funds for conservation
The head of the Cathedral Foundation, Daniel Lorenzo, stressed that the income generated by the visits will be used exclusively to maintain the cathedral's cultural heritage. In fact, he said he does not know if these rates, calculated downwards, will be enough to cover costs, which amounted to 200,000 euros only in regard to conservation.