Iglesia de San Fructuoso

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Iglesia de San Fructuoso

Iglesia de San Fructuoso - Shootdiem/iStock

Iglesia de San Fructuoso - Shootdiem/iStock

Although the Cathedral of Santiago is the main protagonist of the Galician capital, this city also has other historical buildings that can be enjoyed. The church of San Fructuoso is one of them, which is located very close to the Plaza del Obradoiro. Also known as the church of Las Angustias de Abaixo or Iglesia de las 4 Sotas, it was built in the 18th century under the baroque style of the time, by the hand of Lucas Ferro Caaveiro, one of the most popular architects in the city of Compostela.

The Cardinal Virtues of the Church of San Fructuoso

Although it is called the Iglesia de San Fructuoso, its name as the Iglesia de las 4 Sotas is related to the structure of this monument. Surrounding the bell tower are represented the Cardinal Virtues, prudence, justice, strength and temperance, although popularly they are related to the four suits of the deck.

In relation to its architecture, it should be noted that this monument is quite different from other churches built in Galicia during the same period. Its plant is central and is dominated by a large half-orange dome that stands out from the rest of its structure and that organizes the interior space of it. On its façade, the bell tower stands out, which is designed with different scrolls and decorative elements, an image representing the Virgen de las Angustias and the coat of arms of Spain at the top and large.

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