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Church of Santa María in Vilabade

The church of Santa María de Vilabade, also known as the “cathedral of Castroverde”, is an outstanding temple located three kilometers from Castroverde, on the Primitive Way of St. James. Although not all pilgrims pass through this place due to the various routes available, those who choose to visit this church find an eclectic building with a fascinating history, linked to the pilgrimage of St. Francis of Assisi to Compostela. Founded in the 15th century, although with a history dating back to the 13th century, this church was initially a Franciscan convent, later being owned by the chapter of Lugo in the 15th century. Over the centuries, it has undergone several reforms that have left their mark on its architecture, merging Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical elements.

The façade of the church, with its five semicircular arches and triangular pediment, shows a neoclassical influence, while the interior houses a rich artistic heritage, including a baroque altarpiece with an image of Santiago Matamoros. The frescoes, although deteriorated by humidity, offer a glimpse into the church’s past. Considered a National Artistic Monument and an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1979, the church of Santa María de Vilabade is a destination worth exploring for pilgrims seeking a unique experience on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Images courtesy GuiaVisualdelCaminoPrimitivo

  • Address
    Travesía de Vilabade 18, Castroverde, Lugo
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  • What to see
    Wall paintings


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