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“Eerie, Wild and Beautiful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santuario da Virxe da Barca

Santuario da Virxe da Barca
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Finisterre - Costa Da Morte Day Tour From Santiago De Compostela
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“Eerie, Wild and Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

This was the last stop on our adventure along the Costa de Morte - and it's definitely worth visiting. It's a naturally wild and beautiful spot (I liked it better than Finisterre). Interesting history and lots of stories and legends. This place also seems prone to disasters (ship wrecks, the oil spill, and now the church being struck by lightning last December) which gives it an eerie and mysterious feeling. Walk up the hill behind the church for a beautiful view of the coastline.

Visited May 2014
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“A magic place with long worshipping tradition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Regretably, on May 2014, the church was closed, going repairs of damages caused by a recent storm that affected it. The Santuario da Virxe da Barca has a long tradition for seamen and residents of Costa da Morte. Worshipping activities in the site goes back to the Celts and the first Christians. This was the last place to visit for pilgrims in Finisterrae after completing the Camino de Santiago. The first hermitage was buit around the XII century and rebuilt as it is in the XVIII century.

The legend also tells about three big stones (Abalar, Cadrís and Timón) in the form of a sail, hull and rudder, belonging to an alleged stone vessel in which the Virgin Mary arrived to this spot to encourage apostle Santiago to christianize this land. This stones are said to have curative properties for arthritis and kidney problems.

Also the small lighthouse of Muxia (one of the important in Costa da Morte) is located in this place.

This is a place that worth a visit in you are around Costa da Morte.

Visited May 2014
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