The Cathedral of Santa Maria in Tui was built on a site where there has been a building used for Christian worship for many centuries. It is at the top of the hilltop town of Tui, overlooking the Mino river.
History of the Cathedral of Santa Maria
The country here was invaded by waves Normans and Saracens who destroyed much. The building of today’s Cathedral began in the 12C after the invasions in previous centuries. The new Cathedral of Santa Maria was finally consecrated in 1225 AD. The building is difficult to see and appreciate, even though it stands on the brow of the hill, and the exterior gives no indication of what lies inside.
Inside the Cathedral
This Cathedral, like many others, forbids photography. However, I went in through the north door where there is no sign! And I took a few photographs before being told off!
The Chapel of St Telmo dates from the 16C-18C and the saint has his own chapel just down the road from the Cathedral.
St Iphigenia is black, but of course she came from Abyssinia, although in Mediaeval literature she may be depicted as white. There is some discussion about this on the internet
The Cathedral soars upwards in the gloom, but there was this impressive tomb in one side aisle.
The Cloisters of the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Tui
The Cloisters date from the 13C and unusually there is a well-kept garden inside. From the Cloisters you can walk out on to the terrace overlooking the river.
The Terrace over the Mino River
There are lovely views from the terrace of the Cathedral – towards Portugal, and inland.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria in Tui is a grand building with a wonderful view over the Mino River. A must-visit on the camino to Santiago.
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