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Fisterra
Welcome to the End of the World

Thousand years of pilgrimage to the End of the World

Faro Fisterra

The History tells the fascination that this place caused to all those who visited the End of the World. The Celtic Nerios already celebrated a cult to the sun in the Monte Facho. Some centuries later, General Decimus Junius Brutus "The Galician", first Roman in stepping this earth, was frightened when observing how the sea gobbled the sun down.

The visit to the End of the World became almost obligatory in the Middle Ages. After the discovery of St James´ tomb, pilgrims came from Santiago to Fisterra to worship the Sacred Christ´s image, the relics of San Guillerme, and the End of the Earth.

The affluence of pilgrims was so numerous that in 1479 a pilgrims hospital had to be built. Many of these pilgrims were noble or famous people. Nowadays, Fisterra continues welcoming thousands of visitors daily. Some of them arrive here for spiritual reasons and others simply come to watch the oceanic immensity from the most western cape of the continental Europe.

The village of the Land´s End

Iglesia Fisterra

Fisterra is a typical seafaring village of narrow streets that descend to the sea. The population´s economic and social center is the port. It holds an important fishing fleet and a market on the quayside of great activity. The fresh shellfish and fish are taken from there directly to the cooking pan of the typical taverns, famous for offering the homemade and flavourful Galician gastronomy.

The rich historical past of Fisterra is conserved in Bon Suceso´s seafaring chapel, of the XVII century, and in San Carlos´ contemporary Castle. The castle was built to defend the port of the alternating attacks carried out by the armies of England and France. The tourist´s favourite beach of Langosteira and the unknown beaches of Riveira, Corbeiro, and Mar de Fora, complete the natural offer of the village of the End of the World.

The road to the Lighthouse drives to the Cross and Santa Maria de Fisterra´s church, built in the XII century and declared historical-artistic group in 1985. The church has got a grave stone statue of the XV century and the altarpieces of Nosa Señora de Fisterra, made by Francisco de Antas, head of works of Santiago´s Cathedral in the XVII century. But notably, the Cristo da Barba Dourada, (made in the XIV century by Romai) is the one of strongest devotion in the region. The Christ of the Golden Beard is the main character in Easter party, the biggest festivity in Fisterra.

Nature and legend are one in Fisterra

Escrito

The Monte Facho, in the peninsula of Fisterra, was the place were the Celtic Nerios from Duio carried out their offerings and rites in honor of the sun. This same place was chosen by San Guillerme to live its holy life ; Near his house, the sterile couples copulated on one specific stone according to the Celtic rite of fertility.

Cape Fisterra is one of the most dangerous sea points in the world. The Petoncino and the Centola rocks have destroyed in tragic shipwrecks all kinds of ships that followed a wrong direction.

Fisterra is the place in the world that more tales could tell. From the constant Celtic trade with the Mediterranean sea to terrible shipwrecks... from the horrible monsters that lived in the Mare Tenebrosum to the Celtic expeditions in search of the paradise... from the fascinating cult to the sun to the most violent and terrible tempests...

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