Vilar de Cas / Lugo – Stage 3 (16 km)
We begin this stage of the route by taking a look at the abandoned village of Soutomerille where the Pre-Romanesque church, that was last renovated in the early 17th century, remains in good condition . Leaving Soutomerille behind us, the route approaches Lugo amid crop fields and tiny villages, passing through the towns of Carballido, Fazai and Santiago de Castelo. The Primitive Way enters what was once known as Lucus Augusti through the Porta de San Pedro gate, now following an urban route towards the Romanesque Cathedral of Santa María, coated with Baroque and Neoclassical facings. Particularly worthy of mention are the retrochoir and the Gothic style radial chapels, the Renaissance main altarpiece, as well as the cloister and the A Virxen dos Ollos Grandes chapel, works by Fernando de Casas, also the artist of the facade of the Obradoiro (Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela). The Roman city wall (3rd - 4th century) is also of great interest; it has a perimeter of 2,140 m, 10 gates and 46 turrets, and was declared a World Heritage Site in the year 2000. Other important monuments in the city are: the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Bishop's Palace, the City Hall, the fountain in the Praza do Campo, and the Convent Church of San Francisco, whose convent houses the Provincial Museum. A stroll along the banks of the River Miño may also be thought-provoking, as may be a visit to the city's spa, originally a site of Roman baths, of which some still remain today.