“Who went to Seville, lost his chair”: The dispute of the Archbishop of Compostela
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.
The paintings of San Martiño Pinario
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.
San Martiño Pinario choir seats and altarpieces
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
San Paio de Antealtares: the oldest monastery in Santiago
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 apostle Saint James: the patron of Spain
Saint James has been the official patron of Spain since the 17th century. However, his patronage was not always unique, and it was a source of dispute between the religious order of the Carmelites and the nobility.
San Martiño Pinario at the service of pilgrims
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.
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario: Seat of institutions
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.
San Martiño Pinario and the Jacobean cult
The monastery of San Martiño Pinario is near the Cathedral of Santiago. Its origins are uncertain, but it is known to have been one of the first religious centres linked to the cult and custody of the tomb of the Apostle.
Alfonso Rodríguez Castelao: A Galician artist and politician in exile
Alfonso Daniel Manuel Rodríguez Castelao was born in Rianxo, A Coruña, on 30 January 1886. He is considered one of the creators of modern prose in Galicia and the greatest representative of Galician nationalism.
José María Acuña: the sculptor of the pilgrim
José María Acuña was born in the parish of Salcedo in Pontevedra on 4 April 1903. He was a renowned sculptor that left an important artistic legacy. It is said that he has tried to convey a message with each of his works.