Mass in Santiago de Compostela

Attending mass in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is a very special part of any pilgrimage to the city of Saint James.

The Cathedral hosts several services each day, as well as the Pilgrims’ Office Chapel and other beautiful temples in the old town such as the nearby San Francisco Church.

Main Altar mass in Santiago De Compostela Cathedral Joe Walsh Tours Pilgrimages travel


Here’s an overview of daily mass in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral:

7:30am Main Altar: PILGRIMS MASS
9:30am Main Altar: PILGRIMS MASS
11:00am Corticela Chapel
12:00pm Main Altar: PILGRIMS MASS
19:30pm Main Altar: PILGRIMS MASS


Holy Mass in English language is celebrated every day at 10:30 am at the Chapel of the Pilgrim’s Reception Office.


Masses for groups can be requested from the Cathedral and take place at the Chapel of the Pilgrim’s Reception Office.


Confession takes place in different languages at the Soledad Chapel from 10am to 12am and Nuestra Señora del Pilar Chapel from 7pm to 8:30pm.


The Chapter of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela also offers the possibility of celebrating a Mass in the Basilica of the Apostle Saint James.

A formal request needs to be sent by email to specifying the reason for requesting the Mass and making a donation of 10€, or the customary amount given in each country.


The spectacular Botafumeiro thurible at Santiago Cathedral operates on specific dates and solemnities, but also when it has been booked by groups and sometimes during Pilgrims Mass, but not every day.

These are the dates when the Botafumeiro operates:

The Epiphany: 6 January

Resurrection Sunday

The Apparition of the Apostle-Clavijo: 23 May


The Martyrdom of Saint James: 25 July

The Assumption of Mary: 15 August

All Saints: 1 November

Christ the King

The Immaculate Conception: 8 December

Christmas: 25 December

Transfer of the remains of the Apostle: 30 December

The Botafumeiro can also operate for pilgrimages that have requested it from the Cathedral. To request the Botafumeiro you must contact the Cathedral by email to:


Mass is celebrated in many churches and chapels in parishes along the different Camino de Santiago routes. Your hotel or local tourist office is the best place to check times for local masses. Mass times may vary between summer and winter months.

You can find a map of churches hosting mass here: MASS ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

We hope you find this information useful. Please note details were correct at the time of writing. To check the latest updates or changes to schedule of mass in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral we recommend you check the Cathedral website: CATEDRAL DE SANTIAGO MASSES.

Here you can also consult the mass schedule for other temples in the Old Town.

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