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Dates of celebration: 20/09 - 22/09


Rairiz de Veiga - Ourense

42º 04' 13.0" N - 7º 49' 38.9" W


Deep within the province of Ourense, in A Limia, which is said to be crossed by the River of Oblivion the traditions and essence of rural Galicia live on. Mountainous landscapes, watched over by the defence towers of the Counts of Monterrei and Moctezuma that fought for control of the monasteries. Legend has it that this is the birthplace of the beautiful and loving yet ill-fated wife of Pedro el Cruel, Inés de Castro, who would only become queen after her death. This is the setting where, on the morning of 24th September, grandfathers, fathers and sons gather under the shade of an ancient oak tree that serves as a fortress to relive a story in honour of the Virgen de la Merced that must never be repeated: the medieval battles between the Christians and the invading Moors, claiming a tithe of One Hundred Maidens. The only fitting end for the ensuing battle, interspersed with sermons and chants, is the freeing of the prisoners and a fraternal meal and dance, complete with toasts, music and fireworks.

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