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This museum is well worth a visit, for an insight into Galician culture.
Opened in October 1977, in the old monastery building of San Domingos de Bonavel, whos' foundations date back to 1219. The museum rooms encircle the 17th Century cloisters.
One of the most impressive sights in the museum is the triple spiral staircase, designed by Domingo de Andrade to connect the cloister and the floors of the museum. It is attached to only one wall, and you can see views over the city from a bay window near the top. I'm afraid that I didn't get to see this view, as I was directed back into one of the exhibition rooms. The staircase is quite impressive though - a bit like an optical illusion!
Rooms have exhibits of aspects of Galician life. The Sea, Agriculture, Crafts, Music, Clothing, Traditions, Occupations, Architecture and Environment.
I particularly enjoyed learning about the traditional way of life that was ruled by the seasons, and how the working day was organised. There were laminated information cards (Some in English) in this particular room, which staff were pleased to photo copy on request.
It is also possible to look around the Gothic church, which from the 13th century has undergone many restorations. In this church are buried some of Gallicias noteable citizens.
These include the poetress Rosalia de Castro, Alfred Branas (Regionalist politician) Francisco Asorey (Sculptor) Ramon Cabanillos (Poet) Domingo Fontan (Geographer) and Alfons R Castelao, who was one of the fathers of Galician nationalism. I'm afraid that I didn't have time to look around the church, but I viewed it from one of the rooms above, that opens onto the church.
Admission is free - This is a non profit making institution - There is a donations box near the reception
Bags are left at reception- the curator will give you a ticket and number tag to collect your belongings at the end.
Photography is allowed in some rooms.
Tues to Sat open 10.00 - 14.00 and 16.00-20.00
Sun and hols 11.00 - 14.00
Address: San Domingos de Bonaval 15703 Santiago de Composte
Phone: 981 583620
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