Muros Fishing Village
Uno de los mejores ejemplos de villa marinera de toda España
A town that looks like a balcony stretched out to the sea, its real reason for being. Years and centuries go by, the relationship of Muros with the sea undergoes variations, but it remains just as firm. This is reflected in a peculiar architecture that takes us from the large constructions built in the periods of greatest economic prosperity to the unparalleled typicality of the seafaring dwellings.
Muros is a magnificent example of a seaside town and, without doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in Galicia. Since its foundation in the 10th century, fishing and shellfishing have been its raison d’être, which received an enormous boost in the 19th century with the establishment of numerous salting factories.
This splendour, which made it one of the most important ports in Galicia, is reflected in the large number of noble houses and monuments of interest to be found in its historic quarter. It is said that Muros is like a gigantic stone balcony open to the sea; and there is much truth in this, as the seafaring houses conserve a homogeneous and rounded architecture: ground floors with enormous and robust arcades where fish used to be salted and balconies with wrought iron railings.
These Gothic or Baroque buildings are punctuated by the occasional Modernist element and also by the Galician glass galleries, giving the whole a typical character of great visual appeal.
The first line of houses in the port is reached by a series of very narrow alleyways which, with their original names (street of suffering, of bitterness, of health, of solitude…), constitute one of the most characteristic images of the town.
The public squares, statues or the impressive building of the Municipal Food Market are other elements that define the character of Muros, but the religious section also deserves a special mention. Santa María do Campo, the former collegiate church, displays its seafaring Gothic style from an emblematic location. Inside, the Cristo da Agonía (Christ of the Agony) is an example of expressiveness that is well worth a visit.
The Santuario da Virxe do Camiño (Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Way), a Gothic construction on ancient Romanesque remains, also stands out, inside which we find an image of the virgin who, as it could not be otherwise, tradition says arrived by sea. Logically, like everything good that has happened to Muros, we add.
If you want to immerse yourself in the seafaring tradition of Muros and discover the close relationship with religious life, which has given rise to so many temples and countless curiosities, the best thing is to sign up for the #GuidedVisits of www.murosaugaesal.com.
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