Pontevedra is an ancient city in Galicia. The city has been known since Roman times, its name translates as “old bridge”. The city center is a labyrinth of narrow medieval streets and beautiful buildings. The city is surrounded by a river called Lérez, which is crossed by several bridges.
In Pontevedra, I lived in the Hotel Don Pepe, which is across the river in the Poio
The sign Hotel on the roof of the building – this is exactly on the building of the Hotel Don Pepe
It was scary for me to walk across this bridge – a strong wind was blowing over the river. The bridge is called Ponte da Barca
A strange wooden dude in the park Xardíns de Marescot, on the map signed as El Duende Gerardo
There are several monuments in this park, such as the monument to the violinist Manuel Quiroga, who was born in Pontevedra (Monumento ao violinista Manuel Quiroga)
Ruins of the Church of San Domingos (Ruínas de San Domingos). These are the ruins of a Dominican monastery built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The ruins were preserved from further destruction in the 19th century and in 1895 were declared a national architectural monument.
This beautiful building is the town hall on the Praza de España
Monument on the Praza de España to the heroes of Ponte Sampaio – Monumento ós Heroes de Ponte Sampaio. The Battle of Ponte Sampaio took place in June 1809, Spanish troops defeated the French troops of Marshal Michel Ney.
Igrexa da Virxe Peregrina
Igrexa da Virxe Peregrina Church – The Church of the Pilgrim Virgin is located on Praza da Peregrina. This is a pilgrimage church, built in the late Baroque style in 1778-1794, pilgrims have been coming here for centuries. Nowadays, the Igrexa da Virxe Peregrina church has become the hallmark of the city of Pontevedra. In the church, you can stamp a pilgrim’s passport and climb under the dome for 1 euro.
The interior of the Igrexa da Virxe Peregrina church
You can climb to the balcony under the dome. I was very scared to stand on this balcony
View from the balcony down
There is a small museum upstairs
View of the Igrexa da Virxe Peregrina church
Convento e Igrexa de San Francisco – Monastery and Church of San Francisco
The monastery building is quite large, built between 1310 and 1360.
Cute house on Praza da Ferraría
Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor
Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor – The Church of Santa María la Mayor was built in the 16th century
The facade of the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor is decorated with many sculptures. How many interesting details!
The church Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor is located on a hill and looks very majestic, it can be seen even across the river
The Ponte do Burgo bridge, which took me out of the city in the morning to the Way of Saint James