Sanctuary of Our Lady of Barca

The place is spectacular, both the religious site itself and the atrium which stretches out beyond the wall to the “magical” stones, which boast curative and prophetic properties: the Abalar Stone, the Cadrís Stone and the Temón Stone. They are in fact the remains of the vessel in which according to legend the Virgin Mary came to encourage St. James in his task of evangelisation.

The church was rebuilt various times – it is believed that on three occasions – until the present one was erected in 1719, paid for by the Counts of Maceda. The ashes of the nobles rest inside two sarcophagi inside the church.

The shrine blends in with its surroundings. The style is Baroque, although you can only appreciate the rich decoration of the altarpieces, the unmistakable aroma of a sacred site and the votive offerings left by pilgrims and sailors from the inside. Both pilgrims and seafaring people left these offerings as pledges for their requests or promises kept by Our Lady.

Muxía is also the last point on the Way of St. James to the Atlantic and more and more pilgrims come along the Coastal Road and the Royal Highway.

Other elements on the site are the stone cross, the rectory and the simple belfry.Caminando cara o mar