Pontevedra

The location of the famous Monastery of St. John of Poio is perfect for different tourist routes through the province of Pontevedra without having to travel too far. The city of Pontevedra is one of the options, just 5 minutes drive from Poio. Pontevedra is open to the sea and city crossroads. The confluence of the river Lérez with the sea loch of Pontevedra this walked town with cobbled sweets and secluded plazas developed, some arcaded.

In the centre of the old town, one of the best preservered of Spain, the plaza de Expaña is situated where the City Hall stands which is an eclectic building built in the 19th century. The principal Façade is defined by the four pair of columns, the pediments on the doors, the balcony and the clock.

The old town in Pontevedra, declared a historical landmark in 1951 being one of the best preserved in Galicia after Santiago de Compostela, is full of noble houses emblazoned as well as plazas like the plaza de la Estrella and the gareds of Casto San Pedro. These two places are the main leisure center and meeting places of the people of Pontevedra, the heart of the city next to the church of the Peregrina.

Another point of interest of the old Pontevedra is the sanctuary of the Peregrina, where they save the image of the patron saint of the city. The architectural work of Antonio Souto, which is being restored with a baroque façade with various added neoclassical styles during the 18th century. In front of this temple the popular plaza de la ferrerría is located.

Especially noteworthy is the Pontevedra Provincial Museum, one of the most important in Galicia. Their funds are distributed among the ruins of Santo Domingo and the other four buildings that look to the plaza of Leña. The highlights of his collections are samples of medieval art and Spanish and European paintings of the 16th to 18th century which was popular for the time along with Galician art.

The tour of Pontevedra runs through typical streets and shops with guild names and granite plazas as Teucro, the five streets and the greenness, till you arrive to the Basilica of Santa Maria. Built in the 16th century by mareantes guild, this grand temple of the Renaissance which reached a grand refinement in its forms. Also, on the inside of the building you can appreciate the three naves covered by vaults. On the outside of the main façade, designed by Cornelis of Holland and John Nobre. All this makes it one of the jewels of Galician art.

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