What to see: Santiago - Finisterre
What to see in the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre / Muxia (Santiago Stage> Negreira)
We begin with Quintans, a small town made up of stone houses, one of them with a crossroads. Highlight the bridge over the Roxos River, of medieval origin.
In Augapesada we can observe its medieval bridge, as well as the recently restored cobbled road.
In Ponte Maceira the magnificent bridge of medieval origin from the late XNUMXth century stands out, made up 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 Capilla del Carmen or San Blas from the 1945th century. Near it is the Pazo de Baladrón built between 1955 and XNUMX.
In Negreira, the Pazo de Cotón, of medieval origin and with numerous modifications from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century, is of special mention. On 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, which dates from the s. XVIII and the Church of San Xulian.
What to see on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre / Muxia (Negreira> Maroñas> Olveiroa Stage)
In the first place in Zas we highlight the small Church of San Mamede, which due to its dimensions can be considered a chapel.
Past Piaxe we meet one of the best preserved cruises of our route.
In Santa Mariña, highlight a Romanesque temple of a nave and a rectangular apse, with two simple covers.
In Bon Xesús a very suggestive crossing remains because of its roughness.
In Corzón highlight the Church of San Cristovo with its tower-belfry.
In Olveiroa the Church of Santiago stands out, of sober construction probably of Romanesque origin. The cover, with bulrush, is baroque and on the lintel of the door there is a peculiar image of the Apostle of uncertain origin.
Near Olveiroa we find the Chapel of Saint Lucia, whose source is at the entrance, is said to have healing properties for vision problems.
What to see on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre / Muxia (Olveiroa Stage> Cee)
Cee highlights the Church of Santa Maria de Xunqueira, which still retains Gothic elements.
Visit the modernists Casa Mayán and Guillen, as well as the rector's house and the pazo de Cotón.
As a counterpoint we can also relax seeing the views from La Concha beach.
What to see on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre / Muxia (Cee Stage> Finisterre)
At the Cape of Fisterra we find the old lighthouse. There, the spirit and nature, the sea and the sky, the legend and the present come together in which the ancients believed the end of the known world, after surely observing its great sunsets.
The ancients performed three rites of purification, death and resurrection:
- Body purification: It is done on the beach of Langosteira, two kilometers before entering the town. The pilgrim thus dusted off all his route and clean began his countdown to reach that end of the road so hard and at the same time important for every pilgrim.
- Burning the clothes: Through this rite, the pilgrim gets rid of everything material and with the fire tries to burn everything that he wants to get rid of and that will not benefit him to start a new life.
- Watch the sunset: Death and Resurrection, the death of the sun in the 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 the 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 Santiago Apostle in Galicia. The Jacobean tradition of the Galician finisterre is based on two of the most popular devotions in Galicia; the Santo Cristo, which is found in the Church of Santa María de Areas, of medieval origin whose main door is in the Romanesque style and the exterior of the temple is dominated by the Gothic sailor, in Finisterre, of which the lawyer Molina (S. XVI) says that the most pilgrims who come to the Apostle come to him.
What to see on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre / Muxia (Finisterre Stage> Muxia)
In Lires we can visit the Temple of San Estevo from the beginning of the XNUMXth century.
In Muxía the legend tells that the Virgin Mary, transferred in a stone boat, appeared to the Apostle Santiago in this place to encourage him in his work of evangelization.
We can see “Las Piedras Santas” which, according to Jacobean legend, are vestiges of the remains of the ship in which the Virgin Mary arrived. These include: La Pedra de Abalar (representing the candle), La 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.
We finish with the essential of our post of What to see on the Camino de Finisterre / Muxia with the most important place on the route, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Barca, inside which is the Chapel of the Virgin, as well as model ships hung as offerings made by sailors to the Virgin.
After the sinking of the "Prestige", a Monolith was built, reminiscent of this fateful natural catastrophe.