04/04/2017 - Lugo, the city of discovery

 

It is my city, the one I know the most from all over the world … but still Lugo is for me the city of discovery. A city where I never tire of walking, searching and investigating.

 

Castrillón de Adai

Castrillón de Adai, a mysterious structure on the outskirts of Lugo (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

I am not a historian, but I have heard that the first evidence of human presence in Galicia goes back 300,000 years in time … will it be something similar for Lugo? In any case, we know from castros and other evidences that at least a few thousand years ago, people like us already lived here… is not that something impressive to imagine? Well, besides that we have “the Romans” and the foundation of the city … more than two millennia ago! More than two thousand years ago (25 BC) Lugo was a city … the first city not only of Galicia, but of the entire Iberian northwest: Braga and Astorga were founded 10 years later.

 

Monumento a los fundadores

Monument to the founders of Lugo: Augusto and Paulo Fabio Máximo (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

Along those centuries of history we walk -sometimes without realizing it- every day…

I have spent some time doing guided tours and showing Lugo… and I can say that the faces, the emotions and the amazement of the visitors… is formidable. For those interested in history and about the stories of those who preceded us in this world … the walled city is a jewel to imagine and to fly.

 

Regueiro das Hortas, Vía Romana XIX, Camino Primitivo a Santiago

Regueiro das Hortas, XIX Roman Route, Primitive Way to Santiago (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

Lugo has discovered its wonders so recently, so it is also easy to surprise the locals. What will some say if I talk about the Regueiro das Hortas? They will tell me that they have never gone there … and I will tell them: it is a road with more than two thousand years of history! And it’s in a neighborhood without clock! 200 meters away from the Cathedral! Wow … When are we going there? And they will find what you can see in that picture up there .. a mysterious and magical path through which a certain man called San Froilán (the patron saint of the city) walked about 1200 years ago to descend from the Roman Wall to the Miño river…

 

Templo de Santalla de Bóveda

Roman temple of Santalla de Bóveda (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

And the Galicians from other parts of Galicia … What will they tell me if I tell them that on the outskirts of Lugo there is a Roman sanctuary with unique characteristics throughout the territory that encompassed the old empire? What if I tell them that statistically almost as many Irish and Germans as Spaniards visit it?

 

Templo mitraico en el centro de Lugo

Mithraic temple in the center of Lugo (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

And if I tell any Earthling that in Lugo we can find the most western Mithraic temple of the Roman Empire?

Well… these are just some of the “surprises” of Lugo… soon we will tell you more, to encourage you to come and discover us with Galicia Infinita : )

 

Muralla Romana de Lugo

Roman Wall of Lugo, from the 3rd century (Photo: Guido Álvarez Parga)

 

Do not forget that Lugo also has the only complete Roman Wall of the whole world, eh? And a 12th century cathedral, and a first-century bridge, and three World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO (Wall, Cathedral, Primitive Way … and that is the only Iberian capital located inside a Biosphere Reserve…! It was only to tell you some things that perhaps you did not know about Lugo : ) Some of the “secrets” of the city of discovery…

 

Guido Álvarez Parga (Lugo, 1985)

Official Tour Guide of Galicia, travel agent at Galicia Infinita and collaborator of the newspaper Galicia Confidencial

www.guidoalvarezparga.com