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WAY OF SANTIAGO
In its magical and mystical journey, the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra and Muxía crosses the heart of the lands of Dumbría, known as the Vákner territory. Our municipality has been linked to this Jacobean route since its origin, constituting a relevant place that had a pilgrims' hospital in the village of Hospital.
This route is imbued with ancient traditions that reflected the remains of an ancestral culture of animalistic rites and legends such as the Vákner, the monster that devoured pilgrims and lived in Buxantes, at the foot of the Petra Ancha petroglyph.
In the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Snows, also known as the Holy Fountain (15th century) there is a fountain whose waters are beneficial for animal and human lactation.
These lands hide in every corner vestiges of the past, of an impressive historical and archaeological heritage, dotted with mámoas, castros, dolmens, remains of Romanization and the Napoleonic Wars.
The Camino de Santiago to Fisterra and Muxía is the only Jacobean road whose destination is not Santiago, but is its starting point and its destination is Cabo Fisterra and the Sanctuary of the Virxe da Barca.
Murguía said that in Fisterra an altar was erected in the sun, the "Ara Solis", built by the peoples before Romanization. This ancestral animist cult was replaced by the Camino de Santiago route through the cult of the Apostle.
The Codex Calixtinus records which disciples of Santiago traveled to Dugium, now Fisterra, seeking permission to bury the Apostle in Compostela. Almost since the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle, many pilgrims have extended their journey to the Costa da Morte. The Jacobean tradition of "Galician Finisterre" is based on two of the most popular devotions in Galicia: the Holy Christ of Fisterra and the Virgin of the Boat of Muxía, who according to tradition went to this beautiful place in a stone boat to give blows to Santiago in his preaching.
The Way of St. James of Fisterra-Muxía is the most faithful reflection of the historical cry of the pilgrim "Ultreia!", Which means "Beyond!". For indeed there are many pilgrims who decide to know this end of the world and do not hesitate to overcome the sacrifices of the hard days spent to walk now, at least four or five more days.
Such was the traction that this route transmitted, that today it is the itinerary that has left the most references, of all the Caminos de Santiago, in travel literature. The oldest story dates back to the 14th century.
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