Theme Week Galicia – Lugo

Friday, 19 June 2015 - 02:50 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage

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Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain. It is the capital of the province of Lugo. The municipality had a population of 99,000 in 2014, which makes it the fourth most populated city in Galicia. It should be emphasized that the outline of the city was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on 7 November 2002, this being the most important recognition at international level regarding the conservation of landscapes and habitats of this Atlantic European region.

Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 feet) along a 2,117-metre (6,946 ft) circuit ringed with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous round the circuit, and features ten gates. These 3rd century walls are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The bridge over the Minho is essentially of Roman date, though many repairs over the centuries have effaced its Roman character.

© Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-3.0 Porta de Santiago dende a Catedral de Lugo © Iagocasabiell/cc-by-sa-3.0-es Museo provincial de Lugo © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/cc-by-sa-3.0 Muralla Catedral © Adnñzo8 Lugo Cathedral © Iagocasabiell/cc-by-sa-3.0-es © Iagocasabiell/cc-by-sa-3.0-es
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Porta de Santiago dende a Catedral de Lugo © Iagocasabiell/cc-by-sa-3.0-es
During the Middle Ages Lugo, like Santiago de Compostela, was a center of pilgrimage, because the cathedral had the special privilege, it still retains today, of exposing to the public the consecrated host twenty-four hours a day. In the 18th century Lugo was granted the privilege of organizing the fairs of St. Froilán. During the Modern Age, Lugo had a certain supremacy, although other nearby towns such as Mondoñedo or Ribadeo disputed it. It was not until the division of the state into provinces in 1833 and the creation of provincial governments that Lugo has become the most important town from the province of Lugo, because of its capital status. This rise has been bolstered by the arrival of the first railroad to the city in 1875. Other sights are:

  • Convent and church of St. Francis, in Gothic style, with remains of the sober cloister. It currently houses the Museo Provincial, which shows a display of Galician art and other building of the 18th century
  • Church of St. Dominic
  • City Hall (Casa do Concello in Galician), a large Baroque structure with a mid-18th century façade. Annexed is a clock tower, originally from the 16th century, but rebuilt later.
  • Palace of the arts (Círculo das Artes)
  • Rosalía de Castro Park, a 23 ha park in the city center. It has a small pond in the middle and contains many species of trees, like three sequoias.

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