From its origins…
The village gains importance in the Middle Ages as a pilgrimage route to Santiago. In the 12th century, the Knights from the San Juan Order in Jerusalem come to the village to take over the hospital and to start the construction of the Church of San Juan, that now dominates the town square.
After the construction of the Belesar reservoir, they had to move both the Romanesque church of San Juan and the church of San Pedro to the new site in Portomarín.
Middle Age feeling
Even after being moved due to the construction of the dam, the village kept that Middle Age feeling to it. With its stone streets, and its houses that still have the traditional portico.
A glance to the past
When the Belesar recervoir’s waters run low, you get to see the old bridge that crosses the river, and the foundations of the old Portomarín, from where numerous legends come from.
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