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Church of San Xiao de Bastavales

Very close to Santiago: Brión

This church with a Latin cross ground plan and a single nave covered by a barrel vault, built in 1768 on the site of an old Romanesque church, forms part of the municipality of Brión’s most important architectural ensemble. Curiously, while other churches face east, that of San Xiao faces west in order to see the towers of Santiago Cathedral from the main door.

It was in the neighbouring village of Soigrexa where Rosalía de Castro heard the church of Bastavales’ bells:

Campanas de Bastabales,
cuando vos oio tocar,
mórrome de soidades.

[Bells of Bastabales,
when I hear you toll,
I die of nostalgia.]

Today you can still enjoy the sound of the bells, above all on special days, when, with a bit of luck, you can hear how the bell ringer makes them “dance” in Galician style.

Near the church is the monumental ensemble formed by the baroque Capela do Carme (chapel) and the atrium (“balcón da Amaía”), which features one of the best panoramic views of this valley.

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Church of San Xiao de Bastavales

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Soigrexa, Brión, 15280
Present use

Church with regular worship

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