The beginning of restoration works in the Cathedral of Santiago has suspended pilgrim masses in the Cathedral from January 2019. Pilgrim masses are now being celebrated in other nearby churches (see below), but the Cathedral will not be closed to the public. The Corticela chapel, which is a parish inside the Cathedral, will keep its usual mass at 11.00am. The Botafumeiro will not be swung in 2019.
The Church of San Francisco is now holding the daily midday pilgrim mass. Likewise, the Church of San Martín Pinario has been chosen for the main solemnities and celebrations, including St. James’s Day Mass. The Church of Santa María Salomé, in the nearby Rúa Nova, will host masses from Monday to Sunday, at 7.30, 9.00, 10.00 and 19.00 hours, also at 18.00 on Saturdays, and at 13.00 and 18.00 hours, on Sundays. The Corticela chapel, which is a parish inside the cathedral, will keep its usual mass at 11.00.
For groups of pilgrims who wish to attend services in their own language, masses will be celebrated in the churches of San Fructuoso, San Fiz de Solovio, and Santa María Salomé.
Pilgrim mass in English will be held in the chapel in the Pilgrims Office on Rúa Carretas from March 1st. (see below)
The basilica will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to all. It will also be possible to hug to the Apostle and descend to the crypt. Visits to the Portico de la Gloria and the museum will also be maintained. The Cathedral hopes to have Pilgrim masses return to normal in the Cathedral within twelve months.