LUGO: ITS MILLENARY WALLS AND THE HEART OF THE CITY
Culture & local gems, From 1 to 3 hours walking
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A city that is rich in history and art awaits us beyond its unique walls.
- Roman city walls
- Church and cloister of St. Francis
- Church, convent and cloister of St. Dominic
- Clock Tower
- Palace of the Arts
- After leaving the port we head to Lugo, the only European city surrounded by Roman walls that are still completely intact. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. With a perimeter of 2,117 meters and a height ranging from 8 to 10 meters, with 71 of the 85 original towers still standing and 10 entrance gates, the walls are the most obvious and well preserved testimony of the thriving past of the city that was once the hub of a gold rich region. The Roman bridge over the River Miño, is also of great historical interest; it is 104 metres long and 4 metres wide and was rebuilt and repaired many times over the centuries.
- Inside the walls stands St. Mary's Cathedral, a Romanesque church which houses the chapel dedicated to San Froilán, the patron saint of the city, and boasts the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, also featured on the coat of arms of the city.
- From the Romanesque style of the Cathedral, we move on to the Gothic Church of Saint Francis. Built in the 15th century on a Latin cross plan with Gothic arches, the church stood alongside the ancient Convent of St. Francis, of which today only the cloister remains; built on a square plan with round arches supported by twin columns decorated with plant motifs. The cloister is now one the locations of the Provincial Museum of Lugo and it houses, among other things, a collection of Galician art.
- We continue our walk towards the Church of San Dominic, built on a Latin cross plan with a single nave dating back to the 14th century. The church was originally a Dominican convent from the 13th century and in the 18th century a Baroque cloister was attached.
- We can then observe the characteristic Clock Tower, originally built in the 16th century but subsequently restructured.
- Our tour ends at the Palace of the Arts. However, we are left with some time for a little shopping before taking the coach back to La Coruña.
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