Apostle with Sea Hop Shell
While not connected directly with thi Santiago story, don’t miss the most visited museum in Galicia. La Matan/a – Casa Museo Rosalia ih Castro is the house where she lived and died. It is beautifully maintained in its original condition set in peace ful and delightfully shaded gardens. Some of her works have been translated into English and are available from the museum (see following pages).
Finally, there is the Castro Lupario the legendary castle of Queen Lupa. Popu larly accepted as the place where the disciples of St. James went to ask permission of Lupa for a place to bury the Apostle. The various legends have a common theme of a treacherous pagan queen providing wild bulls to draw the funeral cortege, expecting it and its occupants to be turned over and the disciples killed. When the bulls became miraculously tamed, she granted permission for their safe passage and then sent soldiers after them to thwart their efforts. The legend lives on in the present day coat of arms of the Concello de Negreira. A variation on the theme suggests that she sent the disciples to the Roman legate at Dugium in Finisterre (see also under Mythology).
In any event. Queen Lupa eventually submitted to the power of the miracles that protected the disciples and converted to Christianity. The castro is situated just off the Camino Portugues/ Rua de Francos between Faramello and O Seve (midway between Padron and Santiago). At the top of the rise beyond the beautifully preserved Roman bridge over the rio Tinto (a tributary of the Sar which in turn Hows into the U1 la at Padron) take the first path into the Eucalyptus forest on your left. There is (thankfully) no indication whatever that you are approaching Castro Lupario. Make your way up the hill (1 km) to the moss covered remains ol this fabled fort and let your imagination rip.