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what to visit



Mondoñedo is a monumental city with an admirable historical and cultural legacy located in the region of A Mariña Lucense, in the north of Lugo province. The old quarter of the city, declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1985, has the cathedral square as its center, a national monument built in the 13th century and where all the streets of the town converge. It has the oldest traditional fair in Galicia, As San Lucas, with more than 800 years of history. These are held every year during the month of October.



The temple, in the Romanesque style with later additions and reforms, began to be built in 1219. The current cathedral is a building with three naves, with a ribbed vault over pointed arches. The facade of the temple is made up of three large warheads that correspond to the three naves. The western façade has a 15-meter-diameter rose window from the 14th century with polychrome stained glass. It is flanked by two imposing towers, decorated with heraldic motifs.

Inside is the "Santos San Cristóbal" cathedral and diocesan museum, which has important religious works of art, being one of the most important of its kind in Galicia.


What to see


Building annexed to the Cathedral that begins to be built together with it. To this day, little remains of the primitive building due to the fire it suffered in 1527 but, above all, to the great reforms carried out in the 18th century.


Currently, only a small piece of the old wall that guarded the city remains. A small part of the original layout that gives an idea of how they were originally.


The building has two cloisters and a pavilion with two and three steps. Inside it houses several chapels and a library that preserves works of great interest.


This building today houses the Municipal Library and the Municipal Tourist Office. On its façade it conserves a small niche with a polychrome wooden image from the 18th century that represents San Roque.


Neighborhood where potters' and blacksmiths' craft workshops were once located, in addition to 10 or 12 mills that give it its name. The water channels that cross the neighborhood, the small bridges and wash houses, and the Fonte dos Pelamios stand out. In the Plaza de los Molinos de Arriba is the small Chapel of Santiago, from the 16th century. Today we can find crafts, canteio, serigraphers and puppets.


A good example of a settlement of pre-Roman origin, with an important oval enclosure surrounded by a large area wall that reaches, in some areas, more than four meters in height with respect to the outside of the enclosure.


A classic within Galician archaeology, as it was the first fort to be excavated in 1867. This site has several visible constructions that can be dated between the 1st and 5th centuries AD.


Cova do Rei Cintolo

The Cova do Rei Cintolo, the largest in Galicia, with its more than 7,500 meters in length, is located in Argomoso. Inside we find a fantastic landscape of rooms and galleries, a small lake and underground rivers.

The cave is distributed in three galleries that show interesting geological formations created by water in a huge limestone massif.

The cavity is the subject of different legends, such as the one that gives it its name: this legend tells that King Cintolo, who was the owner and lord of the entire Brea Valley, had a beautiful daughter named Xila, who was in love with an earl But a sorcerer was jealous of this love, and he buried the kingdom of Cintolo inside the earth. According to legend, the beautiful princess is still waiting for a brave knight to bring her back to life.


It is a waterfall or waterfall that is located in the mountains of As Bouzas and that offers the visitor a beautiful fluvial landscape. This is very appropriate for hot summer days where one can take the opportunity to take a bath in the waters of the Valiñadares River.


It is interesting for being the place where the pantheons of various musicians and writers, illustrious sons of the city, are preserved: Álvaro Cunqueiro, Leiras Pulpeiro, Pacheco and Pascual Veiga, among other illustrious Galicians. Also interesting for preserving the structure in social classes of the 19th century.


In the middle of the 16th century, the city's fountain was not adequate to supply the existing population. This was a fountain made as a raft. The new construction was assumed by Bishop Diego de Soto, finishing in 1548 as indicated in the founding inscription.