Sarria Lugo Galicia, Spain

Map, from O Cebreiro to Sarria.

Map, from O Cebreiro to Sarria.

From O Cebreiro, walking for one hour and 15 minutes, it’s the small village of Liñares.

Going to the west from O Cebreiro.

Going to the west from O Cebreiro.

Iglesia of Liñares. Taking a rest at the village, herd of cattle coming. Pilgrims of monuments at Alto de San Roque (Mountain pass). Stele of Alto de San Roque.

Iglesia of Liñares. Taking a rest at the village, herd of cattle coming. Pilgrims of monuments at Alto de San Roque (Mountain pass). Stele of Alto de San Roque.

From Alto de San Roque, going down gentle slope, a smalle village “Hospital de la Condesa” appears.

Hospital da Condesa is located on the Camino de Santiago in the province of Lugo, Galicia. The place was named after an old pilgrim hospital established in the 9th century by Doña Egilo, wife of Count Gatón. The village is located at an altitude of 1260m and has a population of 54 inhabitants.

Leaving Alto de San Roque. Going into Hospital Condesa. The parish church of  San Xoán (St. Juan). Center of the village.

Leaving Alto de San Roque. Going into Hospital Condesa. The parish church of San Xoán (St. Juan). Center of the village.

Photos of very small village of Fonfria; Leaving Hospital Condesa Village. Mountain Pass "Alto de Poio" (Altitude 1,335 m).  Parish church of Fonfria. Albergue, traditional dwelling, in Fonfria.

Photos of very small village of Fonfria; Leaving Hospital Condesa Village. Mountain Pass “Alto de Poio” (Altitude 1,335 m). Parish church of Fonfria. Albergue, traditional dwelling, in Fonfria.

Next village Biduedo is on the Camino de Santiago in the province of Lugo in Galicia.
It has a population of 31 hab. (19 men and 12 women). The village is located at an altitude of 764 meters.

Village of Biduedo; Getting to the village. Hermitage of St. Pedro. The center of Biduedo town. Leaving the village.

Village of Biduedo; Getting to the village. Hermitage of St. Pedro. The center of Biduedo town. Leaving the village.

Big tree of Ramil. Past the front of the huge chestnut tree of Ramil, it is a town of Triacastela.

Big tree on Ramil. Past the front of the huge chestnut tree, it is the town of Triacastela.

Town of pilgrimage, Triacastela (meaning three castles) is a municipality in the province of Lugo, Galicia. It is along the route of the Camino de Santiago, so many of the pilgrams stop in the town’s albergues and restaurants.

Triacastela Town; Getting into the town. Complexo Xacobeo (Restaurant and Bar Jacobean) on the Street Santiago. Avenue Camilo José Cela. The center of the town.

Triacastela Town; Getting into the town. Complexo Xacobeo (Restaurant and Bar Jacobean) on the Street Santiago. Avenue Camilo José Cela. The center of the town.

Iglesia de Santiago (Church of St James), Triacastela. The apse is Romanesque, but the rest of the church dates largely from the 18th century. The tower displays the three castles that appear on the village's coat of arms.

Iglesia de Santiago (Church of St James), Triacastela. The apse is Romanesque, but the rest of the church dates largely from the 18th century. The tower displays the three castles that appear on the village’s coat of arms.

From Triacastela, passed through two villages, called San Cristovo and Renche, and then went to Samos.

Village of San Cristovo, Rio Oribio flowing through San Cristovo, Church of Santiago de Renche, and Bar Carlos in Renche.

Village of San Cristovo, Rio Oribio flowing through San Cristovo, Church of Santiago de Renche, and Bar Carlos in Renche.

Left the village of Renche, walking the path for a while, a huge monastery appears below.

The Monastery of San Julián de Samos

The Monastery of San Julián de Samos

The Monastery of San Julián de Samos is a medieval monastery founded by St. Martin of Braga (Portugal c. 520–580, a missionary, monastic founder) in the sixth century.

Monastery of St. Julian of Samos and its façade.

Monastery of St. Julian of Samos and its façade.

Interior of the church, the vault and the altar.

Interior of the church, the vault and the altar.

Courtyard, cloister and wall paintings of the monastery.

Courtyard, cloister and wall paintings of the monastery.

Samos (Santa Gertrudis Samos) is a parish in the municipality of Samos in Sarria, Lugo. In the year 2007 it had 204 inhabitants. It is home to an abbey, the Royal Abbey of Samos, and the Benedictine monastery of San Julián of Samos. Economy of  Samos is mainly agriculture and livestock,but characteristics of the village are its landscapes, hospitality, rural tourism and gastronomy.

Leaving the village of Samos; Town hall, main street, fuente Peregrinos (fountain for Pilgrims) and abandoned Hermitage.  of Samos

Leaving the village of Samos; Town hall, main street, fuente Peregrinos (fountain for Pilgrims) and abandoned Hermitage of Samos

From Samos, walking for about 3 hours, you can reach the next town of Sarria. The scenery on the way is amazing.

Left Samos and walking on a field, passing through some unknown villages and finally arrived at the city of Sarria.

Left Samos and walking on a field, passing through some unknown villages and finally arrived at the city of Sarria.

Sarria is a municipality in the province of Lugo Galicia. Sarria is the most densely populated town on the French Way in Galicia, with 13,700 inhabitants.

I reserved a room at the hotel Alfonso IX and walked around the town. Sarria is like a museum of churchs. Bored with churchs, I decided to go to the Sarria castle first.

Townscapes of Sarria. Walking around the town at random.

Townscapes of Sarria. Walking around the town at random.

The castle of Sarria, also known as the Sarria Tower, is located on a hill of the village of Sarria. It is unknown the origin of the construction, both the date and the founder. According to tradition, it is built in the mid- twelfth century.

Ruins of Sarria Tower; It dominates over the whole valley of Sarria.

Ruins of Sarria Tower; It dominates over the whole valley of Sarria.

The Chapel of San Salvador is opposite side of Sarria Tower of the Maior Street.

Chapel of San Salvador built in the thirteenth century.

Chapel of San Salvador built in the thirteenth century.

Left the Chapel of San Salvador and walkig the alley away up the hill, a magnificenta building appeared before my eyes suddenly, it was the Magdalena Monastery.

Magdalena Monastery.

Magdalena Monastery.

Mosteiro da Madalena was formerly an Augustinian monastery founded in the 13th century. A former community of Mercedarian (relief Institute) now resides here.

Interior of the  Magdalena monastery; the altar, courtyard and cloister. The monks seem like to display potted flowers.

Interior of the Magdalena monastery; the altar, courtyard and cloister. The monks seem like to love displaying potted flowers.

On the way back from the monastery there is a park, and overlook Sarria Town from there.

Sarria Cross in the park

Sarria Cross in the park

Getting back to the hotel through the slope of Rúa Maior (Mayor Street), I found interesting wall paintings. It is the Iglesia de Santa Mariña.

Mayor Street

Mayor Street

The present church of Santa Mariña (Church of Saint Mary) Sarria was built in the late nineteenth century on the  ruins of an earlier Romanesque building of the thirteenth century.

The wall paintings depicting the pilgrims.

The wall paintings depicting the pilgrims.

 Iglesia de Santa Marina Sarria

Iglesia Santa Mariña de Sarria (Church of Saint Mary, Sarria)

Didn’t enter the church, walked around the neighborhood and went back to the hotel across the Sarria River.

Old town of Sarria and Sarria River

Old town of Sarria and Sarria River

On the way back from the monastery there is a park, and overlook Sarria Town.

Flowers from the region, I don't know the name of the flowers.

Flowers from the region, I don’t know the name of the flowers.

 

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