San Domingos Convent Ruins

Pontevedra, Spain

San Domingos Convent was founded around 1282, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century.

Following the introduction of the exclaustration law, the convent was closed in 1836. The building gradually deteriorated until it fell into ruin and by 1846 some of its materials were being used to pave streets. In 1864 a chapel was demolished and between 1869 and 1870 the top part of the tower, located on the south-eastern corner, was torn down.

This is the oldest of all Pontevedra Museum’s buildings. The only sections of the original buildings that have been conserved are the main apse, formed by five apses, exceptional in Galician gothic architecture, and part of the south wall of the church and the entrance to the chapter.

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Founded: 1282
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Anca Pustianu (4 months ago)
Lovely.
Lorna Davison (2 years ago)
PonteVedra Spain. A gentle city, great underground parking. Beautiful small churches, The town dressed for the holidays. An opera singer on the square accompanied by professional musicians. Bravo. I would like to spend a week.
Julian Worker (2 years ago)
Visit here in the late afternoon to make the most of the late sun and photograph the buildings.
Mark Auchincloss (2 years ago)
Lots of outdoor exhibits as well as the ruins & are free to visit.
Jan Libic (5 years ago)
Nice to stop by and adore the ruins. It kind of feel eclectic but cool.
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