Sunday, 2 May 2010
We’re not the only pilgrims
de Quintana and on entering the Cathedral follow signs to the right to mount the steps behind the Statue of the Saint then proceed down to the tomb then back out through a side door which has been opened for this purpose which comes out onto the Plaza Quintana again slightly further up. There is a significant police presence all day long outside the Cathedral and inside security guards ensure that the traffic flow is kept in order.
Praterias. The traditional entrance from the main square up the double staircase and through the Portico de la Gloria is now the exit! Once in the Cathedral there is only one way out and that is strictly enforced. This departure from the traditional pilgrim entrance is proving universally unpopular and let’s hope it will be reviewed. However the impassive faces of the security people give nothing away. They have also set a limit on the number of people allowed into the cathedral. Everyone entering is counted and when that number reaches 1200 the entrance is closed. Twice in the week that happened at about 10 minutes to 12 0’clock.