Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina

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Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina

Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina - Jose Mario Pires/Wikipedia

Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina - Jose Mario Pires/Wikipedia

Church of the Pilgrim Virgin: dedicated to all walkers

If you are doing the Portuguese Way, you can discover an excellent church in the urban center of Pontevedra. Declared of Cultural Interest on October 13, 2011, the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin is one of the most symbolic and relevant buildings in the city.

It was built between 1778 and 1832, according to plans by Antonio de Souto and Bernardo José de Mier. His style combines the undoubted Baroque period with other elements that are already neoclassical. His Marian invocation, and the allusion inside a scallop shell, indicate that it is dedicated to all pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

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Inside it has a neoclassical main altarpiece, laid out in 1789 by Melchor de Prado, with modifications by his brother Manuel and Juan Pernas Gambino. An essential aspect that characterizes it is the scallop-shaped plant, where the church cross is inscribed. Another curious fact about the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, is that we can contemplate in the sacristy, a pylon of holy water with a mollusk shell brought from the Pacific by Méndez Núñez.

Continuing with the cover, welcomes all pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago an atrium with a staircase full of a balustrade with pinnacles. Its convex façade also stands out, very striking for all visitors. Finally, a niche with the image of ‘‘ La Peregrina ’’, patron of the province of Pontevedra and the Portuguese Way, can be seen above.

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