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Lanzós (San Martiño and San Salvador)

From Santaballa heading east, on the road which passes through Curbel and Trastoi, you get the neighbouring parishes of Lanzós, which are dedicated to different saints : San Martiño and San Salvador.

A walk around Lanzós is not complete without visiting its Escuela Habanera. (Habana School). This building was founded by the society known as “The Progress of Lanzós” and was built at the beginning of the XX century on the initiative of the parishioners who emigrated to Cuba. The building has a clock on its tower which is visually impressive in terms of the overall architectural effect.

The route around the parish continues with the fort settlement Castro de Lanzós, also known as “Castro del Adro”. The settlement, located on an irregular plain, has just one defensive wall, completely in tact, and a fountain in the middle.

And to conclude the tour, the church of San Andrés can be found at the exit leading to San Simón. It is renowned in the area for the great devotion of the parishioners to the saint, who they pray to for their departed loved ones.

Vilapedre (San Mamede)

Leaving Lanzós behind and heading north you get to Vilapedre, one of the most mountainous parishes in the municipality of Vilalba, reaching a height of 900 metres in la Carba.

There you can visit the old parish church, dedicated to San Mamede, which dates back to the XVI century. Its interior houses altarpieces from the XVII and XVIII century. The walk around the area ends with a visit to San Salvador and Santo Estevo chapels.

San Simón da Costa (San Simón)

To the east of Vilapedre lies the parish San Simón da Costa, the highest in the municipality with Monseivane peak (929 metres), dominating the whole area of Terra Chá.

The parish church, dedicated to San Simón, is located at Valado and is considered to be “the cathedral of Terra Chá” because of its large dimensions. It was built between 1802 and 1804 to replace the old church on the same site.

In its vestibule you can find one of the oldest stone crosses of the area, dating back to 1793, as recorded on its inscription. At the base of the altar there are some unique carvings such as the innkeeper, coffins and other features. In the past it was used for celebrating mass outside. Another example of popular architecture can be found in Veiga, with a stone cross of the same name.

The culture of the stately past of this parish is reflected in the country houses or pazos of Bodán and Pude. The former is the old house of the Sanjurjo family, with pastures and irrigation in the vicinity. The latter is located among buildings and dwellings, with a wooden galleria and a staircase on the main facade.

Going much further back in time, the fort settlement Castro de San Simón da Costa, also known as “Castro de Vilarmaior”, is a site where many remains of pottery and other utensils from the Neolithic and Palaeolithic ages have been found.

To mark the end of the tour of the parish, you can visit the handcrafted cheese dairies which are scattered over the region, where San Simón cheese is made, unique because of its conical shape and the fact that it is smoked using the bark of birch trees.

Samarugo (Santiago)

Heading downhill to San Simón and going around Monseivane mountain on the south side, you find the parish of Samarugo, where the lord in medieval times was linked to the revolt of the Irmandiños.

The history of the lords of the country house Pazo de Samarugo, is known in the whole area because they ruled by the “rope and the knife”, meaning that they pardoned their vassals or took their lives with no other trial than their words.

Next to this pazo is the parish church, dedicated to the apostle Saint James. The church was built over different eras: the nave dates back to the XII century, its extension to the XVI century, and the main facade dates back to the XVIII century. The tomb of the former lord of Samarugo, Antonio Pardo Osorio, who was buried in 1601 can be found inside, as well as the largest modern altarpiece originally from the cathedral of Mondoñedo.

Corvelle (San Bartolomeu)

Further south you can find Corvelle, a parish where the waters of the river Támoga run, which is strongly linked to the evolution of the town.

There you can stop off at the parish church, dedicated to San Bartolomeu, who is honoured on the 21st and 22nd of August in patron saint festive holidays.

The building has a similar architectural style to Santa María de Vilalba, and has extensive church property and a good parsonage.

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