Santa Mariña Cemetery

Saint Mariña Dozo Ruins are located in Cambados which is known for being a true outdoor museum carved in granite. It is one of the best preserved historic areas in Galicia due to the countless stately mansions, noble streets, monuments and sculptures.

Cambados was born from the merger of three historical villages, which maintained their authenticity: Fefiñáns, with a noble character, Cambados, with its beautiful squares, streets and Saint Mariña Ruins and the sailor character of Saint Tomé. This combination makes Cambados a unique place in Galicia.

Saint Mariña Dozo Ruins are located in the foothills of Mount A Pastora. In the environs of an old Castro, lie the remains of the old parish church of Saint Mariña, Cambados patroness. On a XII century Romanesque chapel, feudal lord Lope Sánchez de Ulloa built the church of Saint Mariña Dozo, restored and enlarged by his daughter María de Ulloa in the late XV century.

Sailor Gothic style and Renaissance features are also presented. Comprises a single nave divided by four transverse Romanesque arches, five side chapels, sacristy and chapel. Inside, it should be noted, the decoration with balls on the arches and chapels. In one of these arcs is represented one of the seven deadly sins, "laziness". In the chapels highlights embossed iconographies with Biblical scenes, such as visitation, Christ and the apostles, the expulsion from paradise or the deadly sins.

It was abandoned for political and religious reasons in the XIX century, moving the parish church to the church of the former convent of Saint Francisco. Finally was used as a parish cemetery. Its remains were declared a National Monument in 1943 and nowadays home to "the world's most melancholic cemetery" in the words of Galician writer Alvaro Cunqueiro, big fan of the town.

To celebrate the inclusion of Saint Mariña Cemetery in ASCE, Cambados Tourist Service offers a new guided tour “Melancholy Route” to visit this impressive place and its surroundings. More info and reservations (guided tours are only offered on request from april to august for groups of 10 or more) on:

Phone: (+34) 986 520 786

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