From the top of the Casa da Neve, Celanova opens up to the eyes of the visitor as the tourist route with the greatest didactic capacity in Ourense, offering at the same time the placidity of an excellent geography with the teaching candidness of a history that teaches without being disturbed.

No more and no less than five thousand years are those that humanity has left captured in the indelible canvas of a land that inspires, above all, the capacity for calm and contemplation, for walking and literature, for stone and the word.

baroque cloister
Baroque cloister

The Neolithic myth in the petroglyphs of Freixo The native claim of the Castro culture, in Castromao. The bloodless Roman colonization reproduced in the Tábula and that gives way to the walker on the Arnoia in Pontefreixo. The emptiness of the Swabian period. The commotion of the Middle Ages with its headquarters in the Mozarabic town of San Miguel, in the medieval village of Vilanova or in the secular silence of Milmanda. The slow and powerful evolution of monasticism founded by St. Rosendo ("I leave you a wonderfully built work"). The history and the legend intertwined in the Virgin of the Crystal (now disappeared). And the leap to modernity of the three cultures to which the poets ended up giving voice… All of this coexists today in a space that fits in a handkerchief and that cannot respond to any other name than "Onde o mundo se chama Celanova".

Celanova is a municipality belonging to the region of Tierra de Celanova, holding its capital. It covers an area of 67.31 square kilometers, with 132 villages distributed in 19 parishes.

During the High Middle Ages, the town of Celanova was the head of a county, owned by Count Gutiérrez, father of San Rosendo and son and vassal of Duke Hermenegildo Gutiérrez.

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