Sarria

Concello de Sarria
municipality
Skyline of Concello de Sarria
Flag of Concello de Sarria
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Official seal of Concello de Sarria
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Situation of Sarria within Galicia
Situation of Sarria within Galicia
Parroquias52
Government
 • Alcalde (Mayor)Claudio M. Garrido Martinez
 185 km²
Population (2009)
 • Total13,508 (INE)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CET (UTC+2)
Websitewww.sarria.es

Sarria is a municipality in the province of Lugo, northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Sarria is the most densely populated town on the French Way in Galicia, with 13,700 inhabitants. It is head of the region and a popular starting point for the Camino de Santiago; many pilgrims choose Sarria because the distance from this point to Santiago allows them to cover the necessary kilometers to reach the Compostela. King Alfonso IX of León died in Sarria in 1230 while making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Sarria also represents the point of entry to the beautiful landscapes, such as Os Ancares and O Courel, east of Galicia.

Artistic heritage

Sarria has a rich artistic heritage primarily characterized by churches, which are essential to the Way of St. James. Sarria's artistic heritage includes the early-Gothic, 13th-century church, O Salvador, which is located on Rúa Maior. In this town, from its unusual rúa Maior, it is possible to see the only tower that remains of the medieval fortress belonging to the town.

Around this tower, a popular fair is held three times a month to showcase the traditional products of the area. From its medieval past, Sarria conserves the Convent of A Madalena, presently belonging to the Mercedarian Fathers, founded at the beginning of the 13th century as a pilgrim hospital by Italian monks of the Order of the Blessed Martyrs of Jesus, who were also pilgrims. The present building, which houses a small but lovely cloister and an interesting church, is a mixture of different styles of construction ranging from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Today, it is also a private school.

Sarria stands out in the Camino de Santiago for being the population centre with the largest offering of services. It has a strategic point of view of its connections; it has good access through railway and road, being especially important the 546 road the connects Lugo and Monforte, direction Ponferrada. The fundator of this city was Andres Sarria Borges. that is the reaso of the name.

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