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CHURCH OF SANTA MARÍA DAS AREAS (km. 2,369)

CHURCH OF SANTA MARÍA DAS AREAS (km. 2,369)

We find ourselves in one of the points of most interest of the locality, with a long Jacobean tradition. In fact, in this place was located the old Hospital of Pilgrims of Nosa Señora do Rosario, probably from the 15th century and of which there are no remainings. The origin of the hermitage, located in the skirt of the hill, dates back to the 12th century. Romanesque in its origin and with just one nave, to the primitive building there was added over the centuries different chapels and a sacristy. The temple, of great artistic wealth, was in the Middle Ages a devotional center, housing inside in the baroque chapel of the Holy Christ, the venerated image of the Christ of the Golden Beard, to which tradition attributes miraculous powers and around which have arisen a series of legends. The most extended one recreates how the image was stolen by English marines that were surprised by one of the recurring storms that affect the area but that, in this case, was originated as a punishment.

It only stopped once they threw the image to the sea, which was later rescued by fishermen of the area. To the Christ there are attributed different miracles such as the conversion of some Moors that had landed near the temple with the intention to profane it. The church and the images are the center of one of the main traditions of the Galician Easter Week. The Sunday of Easter is celebrated in its atrium the feast in honor of the Holy Christ, with a representation of the Resurrection. The temple, influenced by the architectural trends used in the Santiago Cathedral, has, like other churches of peregrination, a Holy Door. It is known that in the 14th century they were granted to those pilgrims who passed through certain indulgences. This church was too one of the destinies to which certain Flemish prisoners could redeem their penalties through the Middle Ages. To get rid of the condemnation, they had to pilgrimage to Santiago, San Andrés de Teixido or Fisterra.

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Lat : 42.9018079Lng : -9.2634051
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