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MONASTERIO DE SAN PEDRO DE ROCAS
The monastery’s Pre-Romanesque building is remarkable, both on account of the beauty of its location and integration in the natural setting and because of its constructive originality. 13thcentury man knew how to benefit from natural forms sculpted by erosion without destroying them; rock and architecture give shape to three chapels with a floor burrowed by numerous anthropomorphic tombs. The bell-tower stands directly on a large outcrop. This monastery, founded in the 6th century by ascetics, reminds us that we are in the A Ribeira Sacra.
The petos de ánimas (shrines to hold ex-votos) such as the one in Meiroá, are small stone constructions, very frequent in Galicia, bearing witness to a deeply-rooted cult of the dead and devotion to souls. Located at roadsides or crossroads, they vary in design. The petos hold religious imagery (mainly scenes from purgatory) with a money-box for making offerings and giving charity for the souls of deceased loved ones.
Oficina de Información Turística de Esgos
Tel.: 988 372 020
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