As Neves

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As Neves
Coat of arms of As Neves
Coat of arms
Motto: Muy noble
Location of As Neves within Galicia
Location of As Neves within Galicia
As Neves is located in Spain
As Neves
As Neves
Location of As Neves within Spain
Coordinates: 42°05′17″N 8°24′54″W / 42.088°N 8.415°W / 42.088; -8.415Coordinates: 42°05′17″N 8°24′54″W / 42.088°N 8.415°W / 42.088; -8.415
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Galicia
Province Pontevedra
Comarca O Condado
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Concello das Neves
 • Mayor Raúl Emilio Castro Rodríguez (PPdeG)
 • Council
 • Total 65.99 km2 (25.48 sq mi)
 • Total 4,429
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) nevense

As Neves (Galician for the snows) is a municipality in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It has 4,429 people (2010). Until 1904 it was called Setados.


As Neves has four elements that make up its geography: the Xuliana river's valley in the western part, the Minho river's valley in the south, along the border with Portugal, the Termes river's valley in the east and the Mountains of Paradanta in the north.


Forest, wood, and wine "CONDADO" (is one the kinds into D.O. named certified origin: Rías Baixas) are the main economy sources.

Also there are tourist services based in countrysides and natural products for eating such as Lamprea, (a Galacian lamprey dish [1]) and Requeson (recipe (in Spanish)[2]. Note that this recipe differs from the Portuguese/Brazilian recipe; Requeijão).


It is the site of an annual pilgrimage on 29 July in which those who have experienced a near-death experience express their gratitude by visiting the church Santa Marta de Ribarteme[permanent dead link], the patron saint of resurrection.

Thousands of people descend on As Neves from 10 am on the day of Santa Marta. It is usually impossible to get a seat in the church but those who cannot get into the packed church can listen to the service relayed over loudspeakers.

Those who have passed through a near-death experience use coffins as their emblems; they either carry them or place themselves in the coffins and are carried by friends or family. After noon mass, the pilgrims walk to the town cemetery and then return to make a procession throughout the town.

As in many pilgrimages, there is a mix of solemnity and celebration. While pilgrims chant "Virgin Santa Marta, star of the North, we bring you those who saw death", Roma play instruments and vendors sell food, especially the local delicacy of cooked octopus. During the day, and even more so at night, fireworks are set off by those in the procession to mark their progress through the town.

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