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Very close to Santiago: Val do Dubra

This is the name given to a granitic outcrop near the village of A Igrexa (Portomouro de Arriba), which now features three anthropomorphic sarcophaguses carved in the rock. These are the remains of an old cemetery used for Christian burials, with the corpse’s head pointing towards the west and the feet towards the east (the same orientation that used to be followed by churches).

The three sarcophaguses are of the same type, with a space prepared for the head and a trapezoidal space for the rest of the body, being narrowest at the feet. They were covered with a lid also made of stone. We do not know the exact age of the necropolis, but this type of tomb is very characteristic of the beginning of the Middle Ages, especially between the 8th and 11th centuries.

This type of necropolis was always associated with a church or hermitage. Therefore, there probably existed in the past some kind of building nearby or even on the rock itself; now all that remains is some lowered ground, which may be the foundations.

Local residents called the ensemble A Pedro dos Mouros, reflecting the link in people’s imagination with these mysterious beings and the existence of treasures in the surroundings. According to oral testimonies, the stone’s original height was a lot higher, almost 5 m, and there were more than a dozen sarcophaguses in it. It also featured a stairway and a platform overlooking the River Tambre. However, in the 1950s, part of the stone was blown up by a treasure hunter, thereby destroying some of the original sarcophaguses and causing irreparable damage to the ensemble.

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A Pedra do Home Megalithic Monument

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A Igrexa, Val do Dubra, 15871