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Castle of the Counts of Ribadavia

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Castle of the Counts of Ribadavia


Basic Information

Location Ribadavia, Spain
Country Spain
City Ribadavia
Address Ribadavia, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.2868,-8.1443


Without a shadow of a doubt the Castle of the Counts of Ribadavia played a decisive role in the history of Galicia as it was one of its largest medieval fortresses. Despite the passage of centuries, the castle still gracefully portrays a vital part of the town´s history. Erected on the previous church and tower of San Xés – as we are reminded by the necropolis included and dated between the 9th and 12th centuries – the castle was built in the 15th century as a symbol of the power of the Sarmiento, the Lords of Ribadavia.

From the vantage point of the chimney, to the south you can see the mouth of the River Avia in the Miño and to the west, in the upper part, the magnificent set of monuments of St. Dominic´s from the 13th-15th-19th centuries. To the North there is a panoramic view of the town with the spacious valley of Avia.

Thanks to the last restoration undertaken, the castle has now opened up new spaces which reveal the internal organisation, the different construction levels for defence and leisure which the fortress possessed, highlighting the remains of the former Tower of San Xés, the water tank, the wineries and the remains of the vegetable garden and flower garden.

The coat-of-arms with thirteen roundels, spread throughout the settlement, is the best testimony to the age-old link between the Lords of Ribadavia and the town whose greatest symbol ceased to be the castle a from the 17th century when the house is moved to the Plaza Mayor palace.

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