.......Pontevedra:

Pontevedra, city of the Galician country, in Spain, capital of the same named province, placed on top of a little hill at the end of its estuary. The corporation has a mountainous relief, with small flatlands on the valleys and in the coast part. River Lérez flows across it from East to West. Land is mostly used for forest of pines and eucalyptus trees. On the lowlands and slopes, traditional crops, such as potatoes, corn, vegetables, vineyards and fruit trees, are still grown. There is also some cattle for milk and meat production. On the coast the traditional seafood running continues. The most important industries are construction, wood, textiles, chemical products, machinery and equipment.

The city is an important commercial and service centre. The ancient burg “ponte-Veteri” evolves to a city about XV-XVIst century. On the city’s structure we can distinguish two sectors, the old one, that was walled until XIX century and built along a main axis with squared streets around Santa María’s church and San Francisco’s convent. On the other side we find the modern city, that grew from 1884 around the railway station. The urban development of 1960 originates negative impacts on the city’s structure, replacing the old architectural shapes. The ancient quarter is declared historical and artistic complex in 1951.

Its most interesting monuments are the basilica of “Santa María la Mayor”, from the XVI century, the church of San Francisco (XIV-XV centuries), the ruins of the Santo Domingo’s convent (XIV), the baroque church of the Peregrina, Patron Saint of the city, and the Ferrería, Mugartegui and “do Teucro” squares. The provincial museum is placed in the lord’s houses of Castro Monteagudo and García Flórez. Population is about 80.000 inhabitants.

Panorámica de la ciudad de Pontevedra
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