The famous writer Camilo José Cela chose this region where he grew up to establish his greatest desire, his Foundation, which houses all of his work, manuscripts, private collections and his own life. It is located in Iria Flavia, opposite the old collegiate church of Santa María de Adina, in several houses built for the residence of canons in the 18th century.
It has a total area of 11,000 square metres, houses a library with more than 45,000 volumes, a painting collection with more than 700 original paintings, a 178-seat auditorium, exhibition halls and lecture rooms, as well as an extensive garden.
In the different rooms, visitors can admire hundreds of titles, medals and prizes, including the Nobel Prize (1989), Cervantes Prize (1995) and Prince of Asturias Award (1987), as well as collections and objects that Camilo José Cela accumulated throughout his life and which are of great interest due to their variety. In addition, there are the legacies of José María Sánchez Silva, José García Nieto, María del Carmen Pajares Escolano and Fernando Huarte, as well as manuscripts from other authors.