El Pedrón

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According to the Jacobean tradition, El Pedrón is where the boat was moored that transported the remains of St. James from Palestine to the Galician coast and was accompanied by his disciples Theodore and Athanasiu.

Although El Pedrón in actuality is a Roman altar from an undetermined period, whose inscription, located in the front of the monument, is translated by some authors “A Neptuno, el Foro Iriense con su dinero”. “To Neptune, the forum of Iria will send your money.”

This important piece in the Jacobean tradition can be seen at the Santiago church in Padrón, under the altar. The Church was built by the river SAR in 1133 by Archbishop Gelmírez.

Only one stone has been conserved from its original construction, it is located on the side of the door that faces the Paseo de Espolon. The stone has the following inscription: “Dominus Eclesia Procurator edificavit in era MCLXXI”, which can be translated to English as “The attorney of the church built this structure in the MCLXXI era”

After the disappearance of this structure, another one with a gothic style was ordered to be built by Bishop Lope de Mendoza. Only one pulpit carved from a single stone was conserved from that building. In the nineteenth century the neoclassical style building we have today was built.


Mondays: 18:00 to 19:30 h
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:00 to 13:00 h and 17:00 to 19:30 h
Sundays: 10:00 to 12:00 h

Monday to Sunday : 09:00 am to 21:00 pm

Outside these hours the groups can contact the parish to visit the temple.

Sightseeing schedules may be disrupted by the liturgical celebration.

Mondays to Saturdays: 20:00h
Sundays : 09:30h and 12:30h

Mondays to Saturdays: 20:30h
Sundays : 09:30h and 12:30h

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