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Carballido (Santa María)


From Corvelle, crossing the road leading to Abadín, you reach the parish of Carballido, wherethe parish church, dedicated to Santa María and located at Lindín, is a particularly outstanding feature.

The church was built between the XVII and XVIII centuries and was extended at the beginning of the XX century. On the door to the entrance there is a notice which reads “Church of refuge, 1773”. Its unique features include the bell tower separated from the church, a walled vestibule and a small rectangular chapel, currently disused.

The walk around Carballido finishes with a visit to to the chapels of San Francisco and San Roque.

Árbol (San Lourenzo)

Going around the cemetery of Carballido you get to the parish of San Lourenzo de Árbol, the westernmost parish in the municipality, where the second town of the area O Santo has a strategic crossroads.

The patron saint is housed in the parish church, which was built in the XVIII century and is located at Espiñarido. There is a particularly interesting cemetery in the vestibule, with granite neogothic mausoleums, typical of the area, and a large cross with the figure of the Blessed Virgin.

To see another example of popular architecture you have to go to Bereda, where the cross of the same name can be found. It is carved in granite and displays a figure of a Christ.

Rioaveso (San Xurxo)

Taking the road to Vilalba in O Santo, and turning left at O Vilar de Orbasa, you get to the parish of Rioaveso, where the remains of an altar dedicated to Mercury can be found and rural settlements from roman times. The visit may begin with the parish church, which is dedicated to San Xurxo.

To continue the journey you should move on to Vilamartín, where a country house or pazo of the same name can be found. This is a house which was originally built by the Sanjurjo Montenegro family, although it was owned by Juan Antonio Pardo Montenegro in 1688. The building is set in a walled enclosure presided over by the family coat of arms.

Román (Santalla)

You can access the parish of Santalla de Román taking either the Cartemil road or the Moscarán road. This parish is renowned because of the Carboeira family, who have been dedicated to the workmanship of the stone crosses located at crossroads in Terra Chá generation after generation.

In the vestibule belonging to the parish church of Román is an example of one of these stone crosses. It is carved from granite and bears the figures of Christ and the Virgin.

Goiriz (Santiago)

From Román, following the road which heads towards Mondoñedo, lies the parish of Goiriz, an extensive area where the isolated houses are a characteristic feature.

The nobility also left their mark in the area with the Pazo of Cazás, which belonged to the Quirós Baamonde Freire de Andrade e Taibo family. Its most outstanding feature is the half pointed arch of the doorway.

Next to the escuela habanera (Habana school) and the parish church, dedicated to the apostle Saint James, the fort settlement Castro de Goiriz is located. It is the most extensive in the municipality, covering 20,700 square metres. It has three defensive walls and good visibility.

The tour around the parish may end at the east entrance, with the old bridge at Martiñán. This is an example of XVII century civil engineering and crosses the Batán river. The walkway is lined with a wall of granite blocks, in the traditional style of the old stonemasons of the area.

 
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