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  • 1 Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Oseira Interesting

    Religious buildings

    E - 32004 Ourense

    Isolated in the Arenteiro Valley, this grandiose Cisercian monastery was founded in the mid-12C by Alfonso VII. The name is a reminder of the wild bears that used to roam this area but it is also known as the Escurial of Galicia. The monastery has a ..

  • 2 Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Trigo 1 E - 32005 Ourense

    This 12 and 13C building was constantly re-designed. The interior is well defined and the Pórtico del Paraíso copies the Portal of Glory at Compostel with its three marvellously sculpted arches.

  • 3 Cloister of San Francisco Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Emilia-Pardo-Bazán, s/n E - 32004 Ourense

    Gracious and elegant 14C cloister with Gothic arcade on thin twin columns; the decor of diamond points and foliage is refined. Some capitals are decorated with hunt scenes or people.

  • 4 Ourense Museum of Archaeology and Fine Arts

    Museums and art

    Praza Maior, s/n E - 32005 Ourense

    The former bishops' palace presents a fine emblazoned façade on the Praza Maior. The Museo Arqueológico y de Bellas Artes is undergoing renovations: a few objects are exhibited in the room of San Francisco's cloister.

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