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Santiago de Taboada

This parish church is a good example of transitional Romanesque in the region and perhaps the most visited for its ensemble consisting of a stone cross and recreational area dedicated to Santiago. Through here the Vía da Prata passes to Compostela and legend has it that pilgrims must bang their heads on the door of the church.

Constructed in the 13th century, it has a door with an archivolt on two rabbets with heads of cattle and columns with plant stem capitals. On the tympanum is a representation of Samson fighting a lion. Noteworthy in the rectangular apse is the semicircular window with jambs and carved capitals. Inside the striking baroque altarpiece of Santiago on horseback with polychrome figures dressed in18th  uniforms, all framed by two triumphal arches, late Romanesque columns, bases and capitals.


In the vicinity of the church you can see elements of great interest such as the stone cross, the anthropoid sarcophagus, and the sculpture of Santiago or the monument to the unknown pilgrim, located at the nearby rest area.