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    San Francisco Church.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    San Francisco Church.

    The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th centuries. Church is gothic in style and has a Latin cross plan. It has only a single nave, transept, wooden roof and sanctuary with three polygonal apses, covered with cross vaults. Outside, the outstanding feature is the main facade, with a doorway with pointed archivolts.
    There is tomb of the admiral and poet Payo Gomez Chamiro built in 13th century and tomb of unknown knight in that church. Both tombs have the effigies of the noble men with their wives.

    Admission is free although any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.

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    Museum of Pontevedra

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 26, 2013

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    That wonderful museum situated in six different buildings including the ruins of Convento de Santo Domingo. You can see there the golden treasury of Pre-Roman Ibero-Celtic culture, early renaissance art, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures and even the real saloon of the XIX century ship. Museum has the biggest collection of the Alfonso R. Castelao paintings and sketches.
    Admission is free. Visitors are not allowed to take photos.
    Museum is open:
    Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 – 14:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    Heroes of Ponte Sampaio Monument.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 23, 2013

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    That military monument dedicated to Colonel Pablo Morillo, his soldiers of regular Royal Spanish Army and men of Galician Militia who took part in the battle of Ponte Sampaio on June 7-9, 1809. Battle of Ponte Sampaio took place during the Peninsular War of 1808-1813 (for Spaniards it was the War of Independence). In fact it was the skirmish between Spanish troop under Colonel Morillo and French troops from the VII Corps of Marshal Michele Ney. French planned to cross the river Verdugo over the Ponte Sampaio Bridge and capture the very important Atlantic port of Vigo just to prevent the landing of British Royal Army. All French attacks along the bridge were repulsed by Morillo’s men. That minor but famous battle caused the very important consequences. French failed to capture the very important port of Vigo and at last they were forced to retreat. So, that battle brought the end of the French presence in Galicia after five months of occupation.

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    Military Monument, Pontevedra.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 23, 2013

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    This typical Spanish military monument dedicated to all fallen for the faith and Spain. This expressive and magnificent Military Monument is situated in the central part of Pontevedra at the intersection of Avenida Da Raina Victoria Eugenia and Gran Via de Montero Rios. Very important notice: the entrance and exit from the huge underground parking is situated exactly under the monument at Avenida Da Raina Victoria Eugenia.

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    The Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor. Main Portal.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 22, 2013

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    The basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor is one of the jewels of Galician late Gothic and Plateresco architecture. Basilica was built in the sixteenth century and its construction was by financed by the guild of local fishermen one of the richest and most influential guilds of Pontevedra in XV-XVI centuries. The architects of the building were Joao Noble from Portugal and Cornelius de Holanda from the Nederland. Church was granted the status of basilica only in 1962, by the Roman Pope John XXIII. The west facade that was designed by Cornelius de Holanda and has been built in the style of an altarpiece with three ornately decorated sections.
    On the either side of the main portal are the statues of the founding fathers of the Church, Saint Peter, Saint Paul, while the rose window portrays the Assumptions and Coronation of the Virgin Mary. You can also see there San Jeronimo the Holy protector of all translators and interpreters, he wears the cardinal’s hat and glasses.
    There is a massive transept in the south facade and the main entrance opens up under a semicircular arch bordered by a stone jamb and ornate Plateresque ornamentation. Inside there are three naves that are separated by columns. The High Altar is made of chestnut tree wood and walnut tree wood in XIX century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.
    Open from Monday through Saturday
    10:00 to 13:00
    17:00 to 21:00
    On Sundays
    10:00 to 14:00
    18:00 PM to 21:00

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    The Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 22, 2013

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    The basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor is one of the jewels of Galician late Gothic and Plateresco architecture. Basilica was built in the sixteenth century and its construction was by financed by the guild of local fishermen one of the richest and most influential guilds of Pontevedra in XV-XVI centuries. The architects of the building were Joao Noble from Portugal and Cornelius de Holanda from the Nederland. Church was granted the status of basilica only in 1962, by the Roman Pope John XXIII. The west facade that was designed by Cornelius de Holanda and has been built in the style of an altarpiece with three ornately decorated sections.
    There is a massive transept in the south facade and the main entrance opens up under a semicircular arch bordered by a stone jamb and ornate Plateresque ornamentation. Inside there are three naves that are separated by columns. The High Altar is made of chestnut tree wood and walnut tree wood in XIX century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.
    Open from Monday through Saturday
    10:00 to 13:00
    17:00 to 21:00
    On Sundays
    10:00 to 14:00
    18:00 PM to 21:00

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    Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina. Interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 20, 2013
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    Sanctuary of the Virgin the Pilgrim is the church dedicated to the cult of the Virgin. Design of that church is very unusual. It’s floor plan is designed in the shape of the scallop shell the symbol and insignia of Saint James the Apostle (Santiago). Such design indicates that this church was build at the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela from Portugal known as Camino Portuguese. That means all pilgrims heading to Santiago from Portugal unavoidably should pass by that church and visit it.
    It is located in the central part of Pontevedra. If you are the pilgrim you cannot miss that church and here you can get the official seal at your credential.
    Church was built between 1778 and 1832 according to plans by Antonio de Souto and Bernardo José de Mier. It has typical late baroque style with early neoclassical elements. Its floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell and its convex facade are flanked by two bell towers. The nave itself, culminating in the sacristy, is in the form of a cross. It is preceded by an atrium with a stairway and a pinnacled balustrade presided by carved image of the Virgin the Pilgrim, the patron saint of the city and province of Pontevedra. The main altarpiece in the neoclassical style was created by Melchor de Prado in 1789.
    Admission as free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.

    Masses: from Monday through Saturday at 19:30
    on Sundays and Holidays at 09:30 and 13:00

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    Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 20, 2013

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    Sanctuary of the Virgin the Pilgrim is the church dedicated to the cult of the Virgin. Design of that church is very unusual. It’s floor plan is designed in the shape of the scallop shell the symbol and insignia of Saint James the Apostle (Santiago). Such design indicates that this church was build at the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela from Portugal known as Camino Portuguese. That means all pilgrims heading to Santiago from Portugal unavoidably should pass by that church and visit it.
    It is located in the central part of Pontevedra. If you are the pilgrim you cannot miss that church and here you can get the official seal at your credential.
    Church was built between 1778 and 1832 according to plans by Antonio de Souto and Bernardo José de Mier. It has typical late baroque style with early neoclassical elements. Its floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell and its convex facade are flanked by two bell towers. The nave itself, culminating in the sacristy, is in the form of a cross. It is preceded by an atrium with a stairway and a pinnacled balustrade presided by carved image of the Virgin the Pilgrim, the patron saint of the city and province of Pontevedra. The main altarpiece in the neoclassical style was created by Melchor de Prado in 1789.
    Admission as free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.

    Masses: from Monday through Saturday at 19:30
    on Sundays and Holidays at 09:30 and 13:00

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    San Francisco Church. The tombs.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013

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    Payo Gomez Chamiro and his wife
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    The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th centuries. Church is gothic in style and has a Latin cross plan. It has only a single nave, transept, wooden roof and sanctuary with three polygonal apses, covered with cross vaults. Outside, the outstanding feature is the main facade, with a doorway with pointed archivolts.
    There is tomb of the admiral and poet Payo Gomez Chamiro built in 13th century who took part in conquest of Seville in the Southern wing of transept. And in the Northern part of transept is the tomb of unknown knight and his wife built in XV century. The knight of Santiago was buried in this church in second part of XVII century and his tomb with his statue is situated in the Northern wing of transept.
    There is another tomb of second part of XVII century with the kneeling statue of the donator who was buried in the baroque chapel of the nave.
    Admission is free although any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.

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    San Francisco Church. Interiors.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013
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    The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th centuries. Church is gothic in style and has a Latin cross plan. It has only a single nave, transept, wooden roof and sanctuary with three polygonal apses, covered with cross vaults. Outside, the outstanding feature is the main facade, with a doorway with pointed archivolts.
    There is tomb of the admiral and poet Payo Gomez Chamiro built in 13th century and tomb of unknown knight in that church. Both tombs have to effigies of the noble men with their wives.

    Admission is free although any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo without flash light and tripod.

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    Ruins of Santo Domingo. The tombs.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013
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    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till nowadays and preserved for the public observation.
    I can tell that even the ruins shows what a magnificent gothic construction was that Dominican Convent. It still fabulous and has several excellent tombstones. There are still some tombs of local clergy and nobility inside of the convent. Unfortunately the tomb of Suero Gómez de Sotomayor (1480-1485) with his effigy in full plate armor and excellent brigandine has been transferred to the new building of the museum. Tomb of his father Diego Alvares de Sotomayor also in full plate armor disappeared from the convent although couple years ago it was there. There is hole now in the place where the effigy of Sotomayor the Elder used to be.
    Admission is free and visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video.

    Ruins are open:
    March to April:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    May to September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 21:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    October:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    November:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    December, January, February:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    24, 25, 31 December and 1 and 6 January: Closed

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    Ruins of Santo Domingo, column capitals

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013
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    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till nowadays and preserved for the public observation.
    I can tell that even the ruins shows what a magnificent gothic construction was that Dominican Convent. There are still some tombs of local clergy, excellent column capitals and statues inside of the convent. The tomb of Suero Gómez de Sotomayor (1480-1485) with his effigy in full plate armor has been transferred to the new building of the museum. Tomb of his father Diego Alvares de Sotomayor also in full plate armor disappeared from the convent although couple years ago it was there.
    Admission is free and visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video.

    Ruins are open:
    March to April:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    May to September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 21:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    October:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    November:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    December, January, February:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    24, 25, 31 December and 1 and 6 January: Closed

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    Ruins of Santo Domingo. Interiors.

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013
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    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till nowadays and preserved for the public observation.
    I can tell that even the ruins shows what a magnificent gothic construction was that Dominican Convent. It still fabulous and has several excellent tombstones. The tomb of Suero Gómez de Sotomayor (1480-1485) with his effigy in full plate armor has been transferred to the new building of the museum. Tomb of his father Diego Alvares de Sotomayor also in full plate armor disappeared from the convent although couple years ago it was there.
    Admission is free and visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video.

    Ruins are open:
    March to April:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    May to September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 21:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    October:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    November:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    December, January, February:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    24, 25, 31 December and 1 and 6 January: Closed

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    Ruins of Santo Domingo

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 19, 2013

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    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till nowadays and preserved for the public observation.
    Following the introduction of the exclaustration law, the convent was closed on December 8, 1836 and handed over to Special Government Committee entrusted to execute the dissolution and confiscation of Convents and Convent Property in the Province of Pontevedra. Later it was handed over as the asylum to the Town Council, which received the building in May 1840. Despite being occupied successively by a women’s prison and a hospice till 1869, when it was transferred to the infant school of Santa Clara, as well as other activities designated by the Town Council, the building gradually deteriorated until it fell into ruins and collapsed and by 1846 some of its materials were used to pave the local streets. In 1864 the chapel was demolished and between 1869 and 1870 the top part of the tower, located on the south-eastern corner, was torn down.
    On March 12, 1874 the Town Council, presided by Fermín Brey, applied for another concession in order to completely demolish the building and extend the property to the plot at the Fair Ground. This concession was approved by the Civil Governor and President of the Provincial Commission of Monuments, but on the condition that the part corresponding to the old church and other elements of interest be conserved.
    Today these ruins are the part of Pontevedra Museum and opened for the public visits.
    Admission is free and visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures and video.

    Ruins are open:
    March to April:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    May to September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 21:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    October:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11am to 14pm
    Closed on Mondays
    November:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    December, January, February:
    From Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00
    Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00
    Closed on Mondays
    24, 25, 31 December and 1 and 6 January: Closed

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    Sanctuary of the Pilgrin Virgin

    by bambino36 Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Sanctuary of the Pilgrin Virgin, Pontevedra

    Built in the 18th century, it's one of the most symbolic constructions in the city. According to tradition, it guided the pilgrins from Baiona to Santiago de Compostela and it's related with the portuguese Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James).
    The Chapel houses the image of the Pilgrin Virgin, the patron lady of Pontevedra.

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