Landscapes on the Camino: Ligonde and its archaeological importance in the Jacobean route

The first references to the parish of Ligonde appear in the year 956 in a deed of donation that Count Osorio Vestráriz and his wife, Teoduli Pépiz, made in favor of the monasteries of Santa María de Carteire and San Félix do Hermo “repentant of the crimes they had committed (…) they left him their goods in remedy of their souls for the illumination of the altars and as a subsidy for the poor and the pilgrims”.

The Camino de Santiago played an important role in the urban and cultural development of this place. In the nucleus of Lameiros there was, for example, a house that in its time had to be stately. The neighbors call it Casa de Carnero. For many years it was in ruins but nowadays it has been renovated.

It preserves, as vestiges of a glorious past, two oval-shaped coats of arms around a baroque molding that seems to place them in the second half of the seventeenth century.

We have evidence that King Charles V stopped to eat in Ligonde and probably stayed in this mansion. Philip II also toured these parts stopping at this same house in 1554.


Another monument of interest that we recommend visiting if we visit Lingode during our tour, is its primitive church. It preserves remains of its Romanesque origins: a semicircular floral arch with a sharp edge. In one of the central faces of the plinths appear two birds not facing each other, pecking at some fruits.

The capitals are sculpted with vegetal decoration.


Although the most curious element is undoubtedly a stone embedded in the exterior south wall of the nave. It probably formed part of the tympanum of the main door. Both the inscription and the engraved figures are very deteriorated. Its rudimentary layout reminds us of some examples of pre-Romanesque art. We believe that it shows a scene very often repeated in all Paleochristian iconography and in Visigothic art: the image of Daniel, in a praying posture, between two lions.

Finally, in the interior of the church, in front of the prebistery, we see a tombstone on which two oval shields are sculpted. In one of them the well-known arms of the Varela family are exhibited and in the other two heraldic emblems: some bars and a tree with a sickle.

Have you ever heard of Ligonde and its historical value for the Camino de Santiago? If you dare to start your tour with Pambretours you can discover this and many small places with a special charm, contact us and become the next pilgrim!

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