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"Pallozas" and forests

Located at 1,200 metres above sea level, the village of Piornedo, in the midst of the Serra dos Ancares, is one of the ethnographic treasures...


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Ancares - Courel



Ancares-Courel is home to unique settlements typical of the mountains of Lugo. Examples of the traditional life of these districts are villages such as Froxán in Folgoso do Courel, whose architecture and popular architectural constructions, along with the preservation of their traditions and customs made it a Heritage Element of Cultural Interest . Another ethnographic relic of this area is the village of Seceda – also located in the same municipality – which is a veritable living museum located very close to the Castro da Torre de Sobredo , one of the best-preserved forts in the area whose nature setting transforms it into an ethnographic gem.

The religious heritage of this land causes wonders made of stone to spring forth among the lush vegetation. In Becerreá, it's a must to visit the Church of Santa María de Penamaior , in O Incio, the parish's Church of San Pedro Fiz do Hospital (the only marble Romanesque church in the Peninsula), in As Nogais, the Church of Santo André , with interesting painted  murals.

Fortified architecture is also represented in the area. Admirable examples of defensive buildings are the Castle-Fortress in Burón (in A Proba de Burón). A Fonsagrada is home to the Castle of Navia de Suarna or the Tower of Doncos and Fortress of Torés in As Nogais.

The setting of the realm of the Counts of Trastámara, of the Counts of Altamira and also of the Irmandiños Wars, this area in the province of Lugo still conserves a number of mámoas or medorras (burial mounds), including one of the most importantt concentrations of tumuli in the northwest of the Peninsula: the Santa Mariña necropolis , where the municipalities of O Incio, Samos and Sarria meet. Also of significant importance are the burial mounds in the parish of San Salvador in Negueira de Muñiz. The area also contains preserved remains from the Castro and pre-Romanesque periods, such as pallozas (traditional constructions) in O Piornedo and in O Cebreiro (some of these latter converted into ethnographic museums), and the beautiful Church of Santa María A Real do Cebreiro , the oldest pre-Romanesque church on the French Way, as well as heritage elements from the period of Romanisation.
The Alto do Cebreiro is the entry point of the Way of St. James into Galicia and the Chalice of the Miracle of O Cebreiro (which is preserved in the shrine and is linked to the legend of the Holy Grail). The French Way continues on its way from O Cebreiro to Triacastela, but the route will not leave this geodestination until it has revealed one of its most precious treasures, the Benedictine monastery in Samos , considered one of the oldest in the West and the unique Chapel del Salvador also known as the Chapel of the Cypress because of the 1000-year-old cypress tree standing its sides.  
Pilgrims on the Primitive Way enter Galicia through the Porto do Acevedo in A Fonsagrada. Tradition says that the place name ' Fonsagrada ' (which means 'sacred spring') his its origins in a fountain in the town linked to a miracle by St. James. Treated hospitably by a poor widow, as a way of thanking her, the Apostle turned the water in a fountain into fresh milk for the woman's children. This is a magical land of legends and tales, of miracles and wonders. El Primitive Way leaves Ancares-Courel in the lands of the municipality of Baleira.






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