As with many religious building, the Cathedral in Tui was built on a site used for Christian worship since 5C. The current building was begun in 12C after waves of invasions by Normans and Saracens in previous centuries, and consecrated in 1225 AD. The building is difficult to see and appreciate, even though it stands on the brow of the hill, and the exterior gives no indication of what lies inside. Continue reading
Tui was originally a Roman settlement called Tude, perched on top of a hill beside the Minho River and looking to Portugal on the far bank. And it has all the characteristics you would expect to find in an old town – narrow and winding streets, walls, fortifications, and plenty of churches! I should have spent more time wandering about the streets.
The street above led us past the ruins of a prison where old walls were clearly visible. There were apparently two sets of walls: those of the 12C and another set built in the 15C. It was clearly an important town, with impressive mansions and many plaques or coats of arms on the walls.
TheCathedral of Tui is extraordinary and I will post separately, but there were plenty of other churches, convents, and monasteries, of which we only caught a glimpse. The Chapel of St Telmo, built on the site of the house where the saint died in the 13C, is the only example of Portuguese Baroque architecture in Spain.
The Convent of Santa Clara (the Poor Clares) was founded in 1524 and is a closed order. The ‘Tunnel of the Nuns’ was also a gateway into the town in the 12C.
The Church and Convent of Santa Domingo date from 1329 and were originally outside the walls of the town, but later incorporated. Today some of the old wall is alongside the Convent, with a gate. This church was the mausoleum for important families in the town.
And finally, a fountain from the 12C
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Day 8 of Travel in Spain started with an easy drive down the motorway to Tui where we installed ourselves in the Parador for our last two nights in Spain.
Two days and nights in is not long enough, but all the time I had and so this post is a few of the sights as we wandered about the streets, starting with an unusually clear sky on the morning we left!
There are lots of butterwalks, or colonnaded walks, in Santiago which enable you to walk about in the seemingly constant downpours of rain. This colonnade is on the Praza Praterias, near the Cathedral.
Churches, monasteries, and convents are everywhere and I would have loved to see more.
At night the streets were very atmospheric.
And then it was time to move on.
The West Front of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is perhaps the most immediately familiar image, but I had to turn to Wikipedia for help as the building is currently under wraps. This façade of the Cathedral overlooks Obradoiro Square and was added to the original building in 1740. Continue reading
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been a site of pilgrimage for nearly 1200 years, revered as the grave of St James, an apostle of Christ. There are many photographs on the internet, and a lot of information; all I can do here is share with you my impressions from a few brief hours. Continue reading
It was pouring with rain as we opened the curtains on Day 7 of Travel in Spain, not gentle English rain, but bucketloads of water which ran in rivers down the streets. Even a dash across the square resulted in wet shoes and trouser bottoms! Continue reading
íI had of course heard of the Cathedral in Santiago, but didn’t know about this astonishing building. The original Benedictine Monastery of San Martín Pinario was begun in 6C and associated with the pines (pignario) in which the buildings stood. Today’s buildings mainly date from 16C, and the Monastery was closed in 19C during the desamortizacion. The buildings dominates the Square of Inmaculada, facing the North Door of the Cathedral, and now include student accommodation (and a hostel during the holidays), a seminary, and offices. By the end of 15C this was the largest and most powerful monastery in Galicia and the second largest in Spain after the Escorial. Continue reading
Travel in Spain, Day 6, and we set off from Cambados on a cool and overcast day, and as we drove north the sky got darker and darker, and then the rain started. I am a competent map-reader, but the Spanish road markings and signposts soon defeated me and I felt distinctly frazzled by the time we finally arrived in Obradoira Square, outside the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos. Continue reading