The Cathedral dates from the twelfth to thirteenth centuries,
at the point of transition between the Romanesque and
Gothic styles, both found in the temple, which frequent
wars between Spain and Portugal led to it being transformed
into a fortified structure. It has three naves that were
reinforced with flying buttresses after the Lisbon earthquake
of 1775. Special mention should be made of its chapels, the
cloister and all of its western façade, which has the finest
iconographic composition of Galician Gothic ?Ogival? style,
representing prophets, apostles, saints and kings, with a
tympanum divided into three sections with scenes from the
Annunciation, Nativity, Epiphany or Heavenly Jerusalem.
The carvings of the Choir, by Canseco, are one of the finest
examples of late Galician Baroque style. A climb to the
tower is recommended, offering excellent views over the
cathedral, the River Miño and the town. The Cathedral
Museum contains a fine collection of religious gold and
silver items. In turn, the Diocese Museum has excellent
examples of Spanish and Hispano-American silverwork,
together with other valuable archaeological remains. Without
leaving the old quarter, a visit to the remaining segments of the
town walls is recommended, as well as the Renaissance
chapels known as the chapels of A Misericordia and the
chapel of the Corpo Santo or San Telmo, with a beautiful
façade of Portuguese influence, based over a crypt that formed
part of the house of the saint from Tui; and San Francisco, the
convent of the Monxas Clarisas Encerradas (Order of St.
Clare), dating from the seventeenth century.
The Mendicant Church of San Domingos still conserves the
abutments, cross and Gothic tombs from the fourteenth
century, although the rest of the building is the result of
subsequent reforms in Baroque and Neo-Classic style.
One of the essential points in the daily life of Tui?s inhabitants
is the stone promenade known as the Paseo da Corredoira, a
pedestrian walkway with green zones. It includes a lookout
point at one end of the promenade, offering views over
farmland in the valley and the River Miño.