Triacastela

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Triacastela
municipality
Triacastela. Galicia (Spain).jpg
Official seal of Triacastela
Seal
Triacastela is located in Spain
Triacastela
Triacastela
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°45′N 7°13′W / 42.750°N 7.217°W / 42.750; -7.217
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityGalicia
ProvinceLugo
ComarcaSarria
Government
 • MayorMiguel Ángel Fernández López
Area
 • Total51.18 km2 (19.76 sq mi)
Elevation
665 m (2,182 ft)
Population
(2009)
 • Total781
 • Density15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website

Triacastela is a municipality in the province of Lugo, Galicia, Spain. It gets its name from the three castles that once stood here, none of which exist today. Norman (Viking) invaders in 968 A.D. pillaged here, eventually to be defeated at Cebreiro pass and driven off. They probably destroyed all three castles at that time.[1]

It is along the French Way route of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), and many of the pilgrims stop in the town's albergues and restaurants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gitlitz & Davidson, The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook, 2000, St Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-25416-4