On December 22, 2021, Burgos Cathedral welcomes ‘Stella’, an enormous nighttime experience initiated by the Cathedral Foundation’s Eighth Centenary. Burgos 2021 and Andesa, to celebrate 800 years of the temple. A light, sound and video mapping show that did not open its doors to the Burgos public until December 28 of that year, and has since been a great success with more than 13,800 visitors to the city. In one year, the stones of Burgos Seo have not only received tourists from inside and outside Burgos, but also collected tours full of history.
One of them belongs to Mathieu and Loreto, a couple who, a few days before getting married, decided that going to Burgos Cathedral with their guests and family to see ‘Stella’ was the best way for everyone to get to know each other better. It was a good way. Wrapped from neck to toe, the couple’s friends were, for some the first time, able to learn the secrets that the temple holds, as well as part of its history.
“I’ve used this trip for families to get to know each other before getting married,” explains Loreto. Mathew’s family is originally from India and to enjoy the experience, he equipped the tour with headphones that translated the entire ‘Stella’ tour. Among this large group of visitors, about 18 in total, were not only Matthew’s relatives, but also friends from Burgos and other parts of Spain. This was the case for Reyes, Julia and little Rosa, who were full of praise for the show, indicating that it looked “fantastic” and “very different”.
Tomas also enjoyed it, the least of which ‘Stella’ was able to see on a recent visit, although he assured that he would have liked to have been told about the tomb of Cid Campedor during the tour, and It was even mentioned that this is something that can be included for future trips. Patricia, who accompanied them, explained that although they really enjoyed the trip, it seemed like a “double job” for them to tell the story of Santa Ana in two different areas, especially for the little ones. Had been.
You don’t forget to visit ‘Stella’ for the first time, as happened with Belen, Ana, Santiago and Carmen, a small group from Burgos who were eager to start their journey these days. He wanted to see the light show as soon as it opened its doors, although its popularity kept him from getting tickets until almost a year later. “The cathedral itself amazes us and we hope this show will do the same,” admitted Belen a few minutes before starting the tour of Stella.
“In exterior lighting, stained glass windows surprised me because it’s not appreciated, so you think the light is going to make you pay attention to details you wouldn’t see if it wasn’t,” says Anna. is not normally published.” Some of them were informed by friends and acquaintances about the beauty of this light they experienced in the temple, and they were eager to finally meet him.
One of the people who had already enjoyed ‘Stella’ was Roberto, who came to see it for the third time, and said it was the first time he saw it and really enjoyed it and therefore recommended seeing it in person. Let’s give At this point, he emphasizes that for him the best thing about this profound experience is “being able to be in the cathedral at night”, enjoying the atmosphere. Many visitors also pointed out the importance of maintaining this spectacle over time, and of continuing to offer tourists and the people of Burgos the possibility of visiting the temple at night. “It’s something that’s great and should stay,” he said.
Light in the Temple, Guide
The ‘Stella’ presentation begins its journey in the chapel, where the light, which serves as the guiding thread of the experience, explains to a group of 60 visitors the origins of Burgos Cathedral through video mapping which is displayed on the wall of the chapel. reflected on. Burgos Seo was born from the dream of Bishop Mauricio and King Fernando III with the aim of paying homage to the Virgin Mary. On July 20, 1221, the first stone was laid for this temple, which is said to be “the greatest in history”, as stated by Prakash.
The second stop was the Chapel of the Conception or Santa Ana, where the altarpiece by Gil de Siloé featured some of his most representative scenes. The next setting is the Golden Staircase, where a play of light plays an important role, explaining to visitors the history of this famous staircase and the role it has played in the past.
The tour could not miss the Constables’ Chapel, a “place that everyone talks about”, as it is the cathedral that remains inside the shrine. In it, visitors were able to learn about some of the most outstanding curiosities of this chapel, highlighting the figure of Doña Mencia de Mendoza and the important role she played in its construction.
The tour ends at the High Altar of the Cathedral, the highlight of the tour, where light falls on the High Altarpiece, prompting different scenes and playing with light to focus visitors’ gaze on what they are explaining Could Doves, bells, angels and candles were some of the images that could be seen on the main altarpiece, accompanied by the play of lights preventing the public from taking their eyes off it. Applause from the attendees sealed the end of the tour and before leaving the temple, small talk could be heard commenting on what they thought of the show.