The saying "Who went to Seville, lost his chair" is popularly known throughout Spain. However, few know the origin of this phrase, and it is closely linked to the history of Santiago de Compostela.
Galician painting and the quality of its works have been questioned on numerous occasions by critics such as Manuel Murguía and Couselo Bouzas. However, in the heart of Santiago de Compostela is the collection of paintings of San Martiño Pinario.
In the church of the monastery of San Martiño Pinario, both the choir seating and the large collection of altarpieces stand out. The church dates from 1590, but the interior decoration is later. Over the years, the religious order contracted the services of several sculptors to
Antonio ventured to do the Way of Saint James from Sarria alone, but without expecting it, he ended up finding companions before starting.
The Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares is in the Quinta Square, in the vicinity of the Cathedral. It has its origins in a small male monastic community founded by King Alfonso II the Chaste and is the oldest monastery in Santiago de Compostela.
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario was linked from its origin to the cult of the apostle Saint James and the Jacobean tradition. Therefore, it is not surprising that it dedicated part of its services to the welfare of the pilgrims who arrived at its doors.
Today, the monastery of San Martiño Pinario is one of the most emblematic buildings in Santiago de Compostela. This Benedictine abbey has its origins in the Inventio, with the discovery of the remains of the apostle Saint James (820-830) and has undergone major transformations over time.