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Church of San Xoan

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Church of San Xoan


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 42.2881,-8.1435


The church of San Xoan from the 12th century, erected by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Romanesque style, boasts, amongst its abundant decoration, a symbolic star of Solomon as a homage by the New Testament to its very origins in the elements of the Old Testament.

The Knights of the Order set up a hospital to look after the numerous pilgrims who, at that time, following the «way» from Braga (Portugal), went to visit the tomb of the Apostle St. James. Part of the building of the former hospital worked until the 16th century. The rectory, annexed to the church at the back, is endowed with an entry arch in which the 8-pointed cross can be seen (a symbol of the order).

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