What to see: Santiago - Finisterre
Quintans, a small town made up of stone houses, one of them with a cruceiro. Highlight the bridge over the Roxos River, of medieval origin.
In Augapesada we can observe its medieval bridge, as well as the cobbled road recently restored.
In Ponte Maceira highlights the magnificent bridge of medieval origin of the late s. XIV, composed of five eyes of various sizes known as A Ponte Vella, through which the river Tambre is crossed.
On the other side of the bridge we find the Chapel of Carmen or San Blas from the 18th century. Nearby is the Pazo de Baladrón built between 1945 and 1955.
In Negreira the Pazo de Cotón is of special mention of medieval origin and with numerous modifications of the s. XVIII to XX. In its facade you can see a dozen coats of arms belonging to the families that inhabited it.
As well as the Chapel of San Mauro, dating from the s. XVIII and the Church of San Xulian.
In Zas highlight the small Church of San Mamede, which by its dimensions can be considered a chapel.
Past Piaxe we find one of the best preserved cruceiros of our route.
In Santa Mariña, highlight a Romanesque temple of a nave and a rectangular apse, with two simple covers.
In Bon Xesús remains a cruceiro very suggestive for its coarseness.
In Corzón highlight the Church of San Cristovo with its tower-bulrush.
In Olveiroa highlights the Church of Santiago, a sober building probably of Romanesque origin. The cover, with bulrush, is Baroque and in the lintel of the door there is a peculiar image of the Apostle of uncertain origin.
Near Olveiroa we find the Chapel of Santa Lucia, whose fountain at the entrance, is said to have healing properties for vision problems.
In Cee highlights the Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira, which still retains Gothic elements.
Visit the modernist Casa Mayán y Guillen, as well as the rector's house and the Pazo de Cotón.
We can relax watching the views from La Concha beach.
At Cabo Fisterra we find the old lighthouse. There, the spirit and nature, the sea and the sky, the legend and the present go hand in hand in which the ancients believed the end of the known world, after surely observing their great sunsets.
The ancients performed three rites of purification, death and resurrection:
- Purification of the body: It is done on the beach of Langosteira, two kilometers before entering the town. The pilgrim took off the dust of his entire route and clean began his countdown to reach that end of the road so hard and important for all pilgrims.
- Burning clothes: Through this rite, the pilgrim gets rid of everything material and with the fire he tries to burn everything that he wants to undo and that will not benefit him to start a new life.
- See the sunset: Death and Resurrection, the death of the sun at sea and the resurrection the next day, like the resurrection of the pilgrim in the day to day of his walk.
Finisterre is closely related to pre-Christian stories that tell us about the existence of pagan cults and their subsequent Christianization.
It is related to the Jacobean route and the arrival of the remains of the Apostle Santiago to Galicia. The Jacobean tradition of the Galician finisterre is based on two of the most popular devotions in Galicia; the Santo Cristo, which is located in the Church of Santa María de Areas, of medieval origin whose main front is of Romanesque style and the exterior of the temple predominates the Gothic sailor, in Finisterre, of which the lawyer Molina (16th century) says that the most romeros who come to the Apostle come to him.
In Lires we can visit the Temple of San Estevo from the early s. XVII.
In Muxía tells the legend that the Virgin Mary, moved in a stone boat, appeared in this place to the Apostle Santiago to give encouragement in his work of evangelization.
We can contemplate "The Holy Stones" that, according to the Jacobean legend, are vestiges of the remains of the ship in which the Virgin Mary arrived. Among them, highlight: La Pedra de Abalar (representing the candle), the Pedra dos Cadris and the Pedra do Timon (known as the stone of lovers).
In the center of this town we find the Church of Santa María.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady Da Barca, inside which is the Chapel of the Virgin, as well as models of ships hung as offerings made by the sailors to the Virgin.
After the sinking of the "Prestige", a Monolith was built, which recalls this fateful natural catastrophe.