Take a tour of the old town of Ourense
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Old town of Ourense
If you want to know the history of the Galician thermal city, nothing like a tour of the old town of Ourense.
Next, we bring you the most emblematic points that you can know in the city.
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“Praza do Ferro”
This square has a name that comes from the markets that happened in it and to which blacksmiths mainly went from different parts of Spain. Inside the square itself, was a fountain of late s.XIX.
Such is its beauty and cultural relevance that it has become one of the most important cultural centers in Galicia.
A crossroads more than a square, the market for farm utensils, trinkets and pots was held here for centuries, a custom that ended up giving this corner its name. This is where Calle Santo Domingo ends, with its lively commercial life, and Calle de los Vinos begins, the tapas area par excellence in Ourense.
Eirociño dos Cabaleiros
On the other hand, Eirociño dos Cabaleiros is another point to consider. It is one of the oldest squares and a point at which, at the time resided the noble families of the city. It is a point that was made in the s.XII.
Particularly noteworthy in this location is the Pazo dos Armada, a construction from the 16th century, a point that is popularly known as the Casa de María Andrea.
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Main Square of Ourense
Plaza Mayor de Ourense is another of the areas to keep in mind when taking a tour of the old town of this city. So much so that it became, for centuries, the point of reference for life in Ourense.
The so-called Council of Ourense it ended up being known as the Episcopal Palace already in the 12th century. It is currently known as the Archaeological Museum of Ourense and is, without a doubt, one of the most important buildings with historical weight behind it.
Church of Santa Maria Nai
At one end of the Plaza Mayor is the Church of Santa María Nai. Popular belief believes that in the 6th century, King Suevo Carriarico carried out the Ourense Cathedral. It is an imposing construction that has Roman-style columns with no less than more than 1,500 years of history, since they are original.
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San Martial Square
The Plaza de San Marcial is an example of the way of building that existed in the past. Thus, through this location formerly known as Fonte dos Coiros, you can see how these fountains were made before, in which the skins were washed in order to tan them. In the 15th century the fountain was already in operation serving water, making it a place steeped in history.
In the so-called Plaza del Trigo, a secondary but highly relevant market takes place: the cereal market. The fountain, dating from the 18th century, the porticos, as well as different noble buildings, also stands out at this point, the Cathedral of San Martiño.