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Pazo da Peregrina

The history of this “pazo” is quite obscure and imprecise. Some authors relate its origin with the House of Altamira. However, this theory seems unlikely since Bertamiráns belonged to the jurisdiction of A Maía, dominated by the archbishop of Compostela, and there was a lot of rivalry between both institutions over land.

Pazo da Peregrina could have originated as a revenue collection centre, belonging either to the chapter of Santiago or a nobleman, and might have been built between the 17th and 18thcenturies. The present-day complex includes the characteristic features of a “pazo”: main house, auxiliary buildings used for agricultural purposes, chapel and garden; it is completely enclosed by a wall with several entrances. These constructions are centred on a courtyard dominated by an ornamental fountain.

The main home is a large building with two floors and a T-shape ground plan, with a running balcony used as a suntrap. The two auxiliary constructions are similar to the area’s traditional farmhouses; the biggest one still has an old oven and lareira (hearth). The chapel is small and simple, with a rectangular ground plan and single nave, covered by a gable roof. In the past, on feast days, festivities were held in the courtyard in addition to religious services.

The complex was acquired by the local council in 1992 and the ruinous buildings underwent a great deal of remodelling.The project also affected the plot since the garden area used to be occupied by crops, vines and fruit trees. It now houses the regional Department of Culture, Sports and Heritage, and is used as the venue of exhibitions, wedding and different kinds of events. The gardens are admission free.

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Pazo da Peregrina

More information

Location
Avenida Peregrina 16, Bertamiráns, Ames, 15220
Present use

Regional Department of Culture, Sports and Heritage

Observations

Gardens are admission free. Casa Grande, only when events are held

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