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Nosa Senora da Barca´s Sanctuary

Foggy lands of the End of the World

Santuario da Barca

This Land´s End northern region is characterized by its loneliness and long beaches like Area Grande, Barreira, Lago, Area Maior, Espineirido, Area Lourido, Nemina and the smallest Moreira beach. Narrow coastpaths take the walker along the cliffs to Cape Tourinan´s natural space. The windy and countless´ shipwreck witness offers a wide view of Camarina´s creek, Cape Vilan, Cape Buitra and Cape Nave.

Moraime´s monastery harbour

Secadero de Congro

Ancient Mongia harbour was found by Moraime´s monks in the XII century. San Xiao de Moraime´s monastery conserves important artistic remains, like its early Middle Ages structure and some gothic paintings from the XIV century. It was destroyed in 1105 by Norman pirates and later on by the Saxons, but it was restored in 1119 by a donation of King Afonso V, who lived in this land during his childhood when he was being educated by Pedro Froilaz de Traba.

An important harbour in Europe, the Castilian king Carlos bought Muxia in the XVI century to improve his kingdom´s marine communications with England. Destroyed again in the XIX century by Napoleon´s troops, Muxia resurged later as great fishing harbour in the Costa da Morte and of Galicia.

Extraordinary devotion to Nosa Señora da Barca


Facing the wild Atlantic Ocean, Nosa Senora´s Sanctuary is the one of the oldest and most important religious centers in Galicia. Inside the church there is the Virxe da Barca´s gothic sculpture, numerous votive offerings hung from the roof, and the sepulchres of the Counts of Maceda. Many travelers have written since the XIV century about the extraordinary adoration to Nosa Senora : Rosalia de Castro, Lopez Abente, Garcia Lorca...

Old Celtic Sanctuary, the Church decided to christianize it in the XII century building a small hermitage that was transformed to the current temple in XVII century. The legend tells that the Virgin came here to comfort the Apostle when he showed affliction because of the impossibility to christianize these lands. The remains of the Virgin´s stony boat, placed in front of the christianized Sanctuary, transformed the Celtic stones´ cult into a veneration for Virgin Maria.

Thousands of pilgrims meet every year in front of the church to move the huge flat stoneby balancing it, and this way, continuing an immemorial tradition often practised in the Celtic countries and registered in the Arthuric tales: only the goodwill person will be able to move the stone.


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