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The Pazos (Palace/Manor House) period left behind important examples, in the former jurisdiction of Trasdeza, they were built mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries at the height of the Baroque. In general they are almost all in good condition and inhabited. The Pazos are privately owned and visits can only take place upon a prior request or from the outside in the parts that are visible.

The vast number of these stately buildings, manor houses, big houses and rectories, give Silleda certain uniqueness in the Galician context which should be object of a special study. Here only a few examples are described briefly: Trasfontao, Cascaxide, Sestelo and A Viña.  

  • Pazo de Trasfontao
  • Pazo de Cascaxide
  • Pazo de Sestelo
  • Pazo da Viña
Location: Trasfontao. Parish Silleda
Period: Baroque
Chronology:18th century
Coordinates: X:562.804  Y:4.726.419 H:29

Located in the hamlet of the same name, on the Camino de Santiago, this building possesses in its interior one of the most outstanding exponents of the Baroque in Trasdeza.

On a medieval site, the most important work took place in the middle of the 18th century; it is protected by a walled enclosure which practically surrounds all the properties. The layout is H shaped and the main entrance is through a gate called José, which gives access to a small courtyard that houses a sober fountain, a cloister with arches and side stairs. Worth highlighting is the beautiful French-style garden, an Hórreo (grain store) with five supports which was built in 1895 and destroyed by a storm in this century, an exterior circular dovecote, and outbuilding at the rear where carriages were housed. Carriages which can be admired today in the Pazo de Mariñán, property of the Diputación da Coruña. Adjoining the house is a chapel dedicated to Santo Tomé, which was already being cited in 1560, and which has a polychrome altarpiece giving it a unique beauty.

As for heraldry, on the main façade is the coat of arms of the house which represents Montenegro, Mosquera and Oxea lineages.

And outside, of note is the centuries-old oak wood which offers a welcome shade over the Camiño de Santiago.

Location: Cascaxide. Escuadro
Period: Baroque
Chronology: 17th century
Ownership: Private no visits

A 17th century property owned by the Espinosa family, it is rectangular building on two floors. Compensating for the uneven terrain, it has another floor with arches on one of its fronts, a four-story tower and balustrade balconies protruding from the façade. The main façade has a door with lintels, a large shield and gargoyles.

Noteworthy is the great church of clear Compostela influence.

Of particular importance are the woods surrounding the Pazo which belong to the manor and enjoys the status of a protected area.

Cascada de Ferveda

Cascada de Ferveda

Cascada de Ferveda

Cascada de Ferveda

 

Location: Sestelo. Siador
Period: Baroque
Chronology: 16th and 17th centuries
Ownership: Private no visits

Known as Sestelo House, the most recent memory of this Pazo will forever be linked to that of Francisco de Rivas Taboada, procurator, Mayor of Silleda and benefactor of the parish of Siador, when in 1863, encouraged the devotion to Our Lady of A Saleta, funding the wooden statue of the virgin and the extension of the parish church for the creation of the chapel that would accommodate her.

Today, successor and current owner, Roberto Rivas, continues the work and is a fervent defender of Marian devotion and president of the Foundation Our Lady of A Saleta.

Newly restored, with the elimination of the most closed and defensive features, this ensemble can be considered one of the best preserved examples and exceptional among the manor houses in the council.

The coat of arms bears the symbols of the lineages of Baamonde, Ocampo and Pimentel who also appearin an inscription on the main façade of the existing chapel to the left of the entrance to the manor, dedicated to the Virxe do Socorro.

Location: A Viña. Abades
Period: Baroque
Chronology: 17th century
Ownership:Private no visits

The Pazo da Viña stands out as fine example of civil architecture with a shield with arms of the Gil Taboada, Luaces and crowned lion of the Valenzuela lineages and chapel dedicated to San Antonio. In this house writer and politician Ramón de Valenzuela (1914-1980) was born.

Perhaps it is one of the most emblematic buildings of the Baroque era within the collection of Pazos in the council, and because of the people who lived there and who always stood out for their work in the arts, and the design of the ensemble and its academic style comprising the main house with impressive coat of arms, slender chimney, grand access staircase, outbuildings, annexes and of course the Baroque chapel.

Cascada de Ferveda

Cascada de Ferveda

 

 

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