Arnoia Tour (R-4)

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Tour along the river Arnoia

Just a 40 kilometer tour along the river Arnoia in the province of Ourense, allows us to enjoy one of the most interesting heritage ensembles in Galicia, such as the complex of Aguasantas, (Santa Mariña de Aguasantas church, Basilica of the Assumption, El Forno da Santa and the Castro of Armeá), the Romanesque church of santa Maria de Ambía and not far from it, the magnificent collegiate churhc of Santa María de Xunqueira de Ambía. Walking up the Arnoia we will arrive at the fortress of Macede to finish our tour in the monastery of Xunqueira de Espadañedo.


35 Km

Map of the tour


1. Church of Santa Marina de Aguasantas

Romanesque church erected in honor of the local martyr Santa Marina, executed in the surroundings of the so-called Forno da Santa. It is a church of great proportions, declared National Monument in 1931, which was ruled by the Canons Regular of St Augustine. It has a basilical floor plan with threenaves and three apses in the purest Romanesque style, keeping all a great harmony. Within walking distance is the unfinished church of the Assumption, under which the crypt called Forno da Santa is located. According to some authors, it seems to be a place of Roman cult related to water and the incineration of corpses. Within walking distance is the Castro de Armeá, an interesting archaeological site that is currently being studied.

2. Collegiate Church of Xunqueira de Ambía

Interesting Romanesque church of the 12th century, erected by the regular canons of St. Augustine with a Latin cross plant, three naves and three apses and a main nave with wooden roof supported by a false triforium, highlighting its magnificent organ of the 18 th century, one of the best in Europe in its style. On the outside, the elegance and quality of the collegiate cloister, in the Gothic-Renaissance style, as well as the slender bell tower erected in the 18th century, are striking.

3. Prerromanesque church of Santa Eugenia de Ambía

It is a small Romanesque church, classified by some as a mozarabic style with asturian influences in the structure of its triple apse, the only part of the primitive temple that is preserved. Each one of the three apses has a small window with a small horseshoe arch.

4. Fortress of Maceda

5. Monastery of Xunqueira de Espadañedo

Not far from Maceda, lies this Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century. It shows a magnificent Romanesque church that responds to the constructive characteristics of the Cistercian churches. With a basilical floor plan, it has been declared National Monument and has great harmony and uniformity in its construction, except for the facade, which is a work of the early 19th century. Of the two cloisters of the monastery, there are only remains of one of them, whose dependencies are currently occupied by the town hall of Xunqueira.