Muros, example of the seafaring tradition of Galicia

Muros, example of the seafaring tradition of Galicia

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Muros: village of Galicia

In the northern Spanish region of Galicia is the charming village of Muros. an example of the perfect traditional Galician village. Surrounded by the coast of the Ria de Noya-Muros this small town of only 8500 inhabitants is a true unknown treasure of the Galician community.

.If the village can be said to be collected among the hills that surround the estuary provided with a lush green landscape, this picturesque corner is a true treasure and to some extent a reserve of the traditions of the Galician coast

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The port of Santiago de Compostela

Like many fishing villages, Muros would stand out throughout its centuries-old history for specializing in a particular type of fishing gear. If many other municipalities were dedicated to shellfish , as Rinlo in Ribadeo , or deep-sea fishing , in Muros was specialized in the capture of sardines , since the town had an important fishing ground of this species in the estuary that bathes it.

And it is that Muros was historically with Noya , a nearby town, the natural port of the city of Santiago de Compostela . At least since 1286 the Crown protects and encourages the conversion of Muros in an important port with connections with Flanders , the north of Europe and the rest of the ports of Spain . In medieval documents we actually have information about the so-called Gremio de Mareantes which was the fishing guild that historically directed fishing activity in Muros.

This activity was changing over time until from the eighteenth century it changed completely starting a process of accelerated industrialization by the arrival of Catalan entrepreneurs who introduced new types of fishing and salting for the conservation of the genus . The activity of the fishing and marketing of sardines began to decline in the 20th century due to the exhaustion that was gradually suffering the fishing ground to cause a deep economic crisis in the town that led to a part of its neighbors to emigrate to the Americas.

Today the port remains an important economic engine of the town although it is unlike the past of a secondary port within the province of La Coruña.

One of the historic routes of the English Way

Few people know that this historic town is also one of the ports that has the privilege of receiving pilgrims. And it is that Muros is part of a stage not yet officially recognized English Way . And it is that from diverse local Jacobean associations and numerous historians value for years the need to recognize the importance of Muros in the tradition of Santiago.

It is known from historical sources that even during the second and third crusades numerous ships from northern Europe bound for Jerusalem entered the port of the muradana village in the direction of Santiago to ask the Apostle for help in their fight against the Muslims. In fact it is believed that by the ancient royal roads that linked Muros with Noya and the Sierra de Outes the English pilgrims entered the city of Compostela.

As confirmation of the Jacobean fact are preserved in the town landmarks such as the old Hospital de lazarados de Muros and the Hospital de pobres.

Muros: a very interesting historical center

A very interesting historical center

The architecture of Muros is yet another testimony to its rich history and tradition. As we said before if for something highlights the town is for its perfectly preserved marine architecture and that stands out for its arcaded granite houses since it was under those porticos where in the past local sailors and fishermen kept their gear and small boats.

You can also observe numerous religious architecture of interest . Perhaps the most prominent church of the town is the ancient collegiate church of Santa Maria del Campo, known as church of San Pedro in the Middle Ages .

This church is a good example of the known as Gothic sailor, the primordial architectural style of the area of the Ria de Muros-Noya .back in the 14th century It is true that the temple is very rebuilt and part of it is neoclassical. Perhaps the most interesting thing is inside , highlighting the impressive baroque Christ that contains the church or the holy water basin of the entrance , which with a snake inside , is one of the very few preserved with this feature.

a place to visit

Undoubtedly the town of Muros is a place worth visiting for those interested in discovering a good example of the seafaring tradition of Galicia . Going there is tremendously simple from Santiago de Compostela.

Today for today specialized tourist agencies like Galicia Travels visit daily this villa within its famous tour of 7 stops that also includes Finisterre and Muxia . Undoubtedly a great opportunity to know all this area of Galicia .