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Lugo, Galicia, Spain

Lugo is a city in northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. It is the capital of the province of Lugo.

Main sights

Other sources suggest that the name Lucus Augusti comes from the Latin word Lucus, which means “sacred grove”, or “sacred forest”, as the city was founded on the place of a small grove.Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres along a 2117 m circuit ringed with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous round the circuit, and features ten gates. These 3rd century walls are protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The bridge over the Minho is essentially of Roman date, though many repairs over the centuries have effaced its Roman character.

Besides the walls, sights include:

  • the Cathedral, dedicated to St. Froilán, built about 1129, though the actual main facade and towers date only from 1769. Its elegant stalls were carved by Francisco Mouro in 1624. This cathedral enjoys the privilege of having the Blessed Sacrament perpetually exposed, a fact commemorated in the armorial bearings of the town.
  • Convent and church of St. Francis, in Gothic style, with remains of the sober cloister. It currently houses the Museo Provincial, which shows a display of Galician art and other building of the 18th century
  • Church of St. Dominic
  • Town Hall, a large Baroque structure with a mid-18th century façade. Annexed is a clock tower, originally from the 16th century, but rebuilt later.
  • Palace of the arts (Circulo das Artes)

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