The Ancient City of Lugo, Spain

Posted in Europe | September 6, 2010 | 0 Comments


The City of Lugo, in Galacia, Spain is said to be one of the most historical provincial capital. The city gets dated back to about 14 BC and its original name then was Lucus Augusti. It was founded by Paulus Fabius.

In today’s date, Lugo is located right next to the River Mino and is known to share its name with the territory that it encompasses. The city of Lugo lies around 2 hours away from Santiago de Compostela.

The Ancient Walls:

The first thing to catch your attention when you land here will be the ancient Roman walls that stand intact till date.  Once you spot these walls, they will begin to dominate your view and are one of the reasons why this place garners so much interest among the tourists. It is a matter of being curious about what it is that lies behind those old huge walls.

The city has received international fame owing to these walls that have remained intact since the third century (around 260 AD) when it was actually built. It remains structurally complete even today; with no patches of the wall missing in between.

About Lugo:

This is what has resulted in Lugo having an old town which remains enclosed within those ancient walls. A newer town has developed around the outside of the walls. You can walk up the entire length of the walk, using the numerous staircases that provide you with a medium to do so.

Lugo can genuinely be called a walled city and has around 10 gates that give people access to the original town that lies within.

In today’s date, the visitors are welcome here; but this certainly wasn’t always the case. Lugo has been part and party to a number of battles that have been fought here for centuries.

The visitors who get till here using cars will be expected to park them outside the city.

The City Squares:

There are a number of streets which lie outside the open squares. The largest square in the city is the one which is surrounded by a large number of grand buildings. This square is said to be located in the west of the older part of the town and is known to slope downwards in a gradual fashion. This sloping is towards the city’s Cathedral, which can boast of quite a history itself.

This square is known as the ‘Prazo Maior’, and this is the square which houses the magnificent Town Hall. The Town is an impressive mid eighteenth century structure by itself.

The best part about this ancient city is that even though it is a rather compact city, it does have an air of spaciousness that gets attached to it when you roam the streets. Bottom line is that, in spite of it being not-so-huge a town; there is no feeling of being ‘cramped in’.

The Carmen Gate:

The Carmen Gate is part of the ‘Way of St. James’, which is one of the pilgrim’s routes taken to visit Santiago.  This gate is perhaps the most famous of the various gates that provide for an entrance into this city. This gate, thus, has the most famous symbolism attached to it.

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