July 15: Melide to Arzua

How great is this?  Heraldic flags over our heads
Even small squares of no particular importance boast their fountain with Madonna and child.
Cemeteries so unlike our own. The above ground crypt is typical of low lying areas, such as Louisiana, and for important people in former times who could afford such expensive resting places. But the three-story burial walls are unlike anything I have seen, though the basic model is similar in design (if not size) to the walls of urn niches used for cremated bodies.
Long-legged foals take me back to my youth.

The painting in this part of the church was so lovely. Christ reigns over all below.  Archangels guard the skies, while saints below him watch from heaven.

This more distant view shows how the church is arranged.  The vaulted ceiling would originally have been above the alter, though after the Second Vatican Council altars were moved closer to the people in the nave and turned around so that the priest faced the congregration.

Oh how I love Spanish grills!  Here is another large baptismal fount, though not as large as the one at O’Cebreiro.
St. James (or is it Jesus as a pilgrim?) reigns over this altar.  And there is another mounted James-like warrior at the top of the sculptured backdrop.
An unfortunately fuzzy close-up of the central pilgrim figure in the altarpiece.
What a charming little sculpture.  Notice the cockle shells added into the grillwork.
Coming across these very old dwellings reminds us of what life used to be like in these parts.
I always appreciated signboards along the way, explaining what we were seeing.  This one gave the history of a bridge and “hospital” at this site for pilgrims.
A gentleman serenely fishing from an old bridge.



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