After driving through what looked like the usual anonymous modern city that can be found all over Spain, and to come face to face with the impressive city walls was great discovery for us.
Lugo is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls. They reach a height of between 10 to 15 metres and are 2.2 km; completely encircling the old city centre. There are said to be 80 or more towers. The walls were listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2000.
Other sites include the Roman Spa house, the Roman bridge across the Miño, plus the Casa de los Mosaicos. These are the remains of a 1st century house with wall paintings and mosaics visible. Fourteen kilometres away from Lugo you can visit the secret, the late Roman sanctuary of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda.
Construction was started in 1129. The original design is Romanesque; it has a Latin cross plan, divided into three naves that end on three apses. In the early 14th century, the northern section was pulled down and replaced by a larger chapel. Over the progresive years a porch was added to the North gate and the clock tower was built next to it. The cloister, built in 1710. When you stand on the Roman wall you can see a Neoclassic façade. This was built to prevent the collapse of the old Romanesque one.
There is a lot of architectural detail "hidden" so we suggest you take your time to stroll around this gem.
The building was a former Franciscan Monastery. This museum comprises three of the main parts of the former monastery: There are somewhere near to 32 rooms. Here are the highlights: the cloister, the location of architectural artefacts; Roman and Medieval inscriptions, stone sarcophaguses, and sundials etc.
The old monastery kitchen exhibits a large collection of traditional kitchen ware and furniture. It also has one of the largest lareiras that you will see.
The Mosaic Room, dispalys the mosaic of Dedalus and Pasífae. Also to be discovered in the nearby Jewellery Room is, for us, the main attraction of this museum. It shows an impressive collection of pre-Roman jewellery, especially the gold torcs (neck rings). The workmanship can only really be appreciated under the magnifying glass.
Throughout the year exhibitions of art are staged in the rooms to the rear of the building.