Santa Maria, the Gothic temple built by sailors. With its plateresque facade, it is a carved stone jewel that exhibits the great importance of the city at the beginning of modernity.
San Francisco in A Ferraria is also Gothic, less elaborate but regal and beautiful, breathing spiritual authenticity. San Domingos; apses of the Gothic church from the XIV century which was build outside the city walls. The rest of the convent was knocked down in the XX century to build parks and public buildings.
San Bartolomé; playful and baroque, with giant columns and solid buttresses under which one can calmly stroll. Santa Clara; the most unknown, with a large nave and still used as an active convent. Finally, the Peregrina, originally circular mimicking the shape of the Jacobean shell symbol, a sanctuary converted into a symbol and nerve centre of the city, in the middle of the Portuguese route of the ´Camino de Santiago´; a pilgrimage that ends at the cathedral of Santiago.
You can see how the city evolved in the ´Centro de Interpretación de las Torres Arzobispales´(CITA, Av. Sta. María), which uses the old moat of a fort as its exhibition space. Very close (Campiño de Santa María) there are ruins of the wall and the old towers that once surrounded Basilica.
On the bridge called Puente del Burgos, you can visit the excavations of the old docks, roads and the bridge itself, which has four of its fifteen original arches buried, and has lost its towers that stood on either side as protagonists of urban heraldry. Around the museum, which is close to the river, there is another well preserved archaeological area.
The bridges. The name of the city (Pontevedra-meaning old bridge) comes from an old Roman bridge, which today we are unable to locate. The current O Burgo bridge is medieval, and was the only one until the early XX century when the A Barca bridge was built; a spectacular metal arcade replaced later by a more austere concrete.
In Bora, just six kilometres away, there is a charming stone bridge, and in the south, around ten kilometres away there is another great Jacobean bridge called Ponte Sampaio over the river Verdugo, the scene of legendary battles.
The new bridges (Os Tirantes and As Correntes meaning ´the suspenders´ and ´the currents´), the walkway of the O Covo island and the railways of Ponte Sampaio offer a pleasant mix of functionality and scenic beauty.
The labras. Do you want to see a unique sculptural collection? Walk through the historic old town and see the stone facades. You will find dozens of family shields with examples of the entire heraldic universe imaginable, especially in the Plaza de Teucro and in the various squares around the old town. They are heritage of the various nobles that settled in the city throughout time, faithful testimony to the city’s past splendour.
Finish your tour by visiting the different collections exhibited in the art museum in the ruins of San Domingos.