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"Church of San Salvador/Knightly tombs" Palas de Rei Things to Do Tip by Oleg_D.

Palas de Rei Things to Do: 4 reviews and 20 photos

by Oleg_D.
  • - Palas de Rei
  • Don Diego Garcia de Ulloa - Palas de Rei
      Don Diego Garcia de Ulloa
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  • Fernas Ares Noguerol - Palas de Rei
      Fernas Ares Noguerol
    by Oleg_D.
  • Fernas Ares Noguerol - Palas de Rei
      Fernas Ares Noguerol
    by Oleg_D.
  • - Palas de Rei

The most interesting for me thing inside the church of San Salvador are tombs of two Galician knights made in second half of XV century. On the left hand side stands vertically the grave slab with effigy of Don Diego Garcia de Ulloa who died in 1410. This slab was paid by his Grandson Juan Perez de Ulloa and this fact is correct because Don Diego who died in 1410 shown here in the armor typical for second part of XV century. Ulloa family received the title of Count in late of XV century and their castle Pambre is situated not far from this place. Splendid sarcophagus belongs to Fernas Ares Noguerol died in 1476. Both effigies are invaluable source of information on full suit of so-called “white” Gothic Armor typical for second half of XV century.
Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light.
Open from March through November, from 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:00.
Closed from December through February.

Address: Vilar de Donas, Palas de Rei, Lugo
Directions: Four and half kilometers east from Palas de Rei
othercontact: +34 982153833
Phone: +34982380001

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  • Written Nov 18, 2014
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    I love these old tombs.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Jul 25, 2015 at 2:42 AM

      I just checked to see if you had seen my Knights Templar review on my London page and indeed you have. I do hope you get the chance to visit the Temple Church there soon.

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      Jul 25, 2015 at 3:09 AM

      I'have visited your London page. Thanks. Temple church is well known to people like me. I hope I will get in on one day.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Do you think those knights were buried in their armor, as shown on the statues?
    Or wasn't that the custom in those days?

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      Jul 25, 2015 at 2:26 AM

      No, they were not. Just since second half of XII century it became very fashionable to have a tomb with the effigy of deceased and if he was a knight or just renown for his military glory then that effigy was made in contemporary armor and with contemporary arms. That’s why today we can reconstruct what kind and type of armor and weapon was used in particular century and what changes and evolutions took place in particular decade of particular century. That’s why I cannot watch all modern historical movies. Costume managers are in blissful ignorance about medieval fashion, armor, weapon and many other things. <br>But I must say that according to last wills and testaments a lot of full suit of armors or parts of them together with weapon were donated to particular church or cathedral. Usually they were displayed near or over the tomb of the owner. Such artifacts belonged to famous heroes (for instance Black Prince in England, Duke of Blois in France, King Joao I in Portugal and many others) always attracted the pilgrims and local parishioners and people like me, and all such people brought additional donations to church or Cathedral. In XIX century collectors bought up to seventy percent of such, very often called “funerary armors” and now you can see them in museums and private collections. <br>

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Jul 25, 2015 at 2:37 AM

      Excellent response Oleg, thanks for taking the time to enlighten us.


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