Route between oak trees, history and faculties
We start from the Alameda Park, a point of reference for the walks and festivals of people from Santiago. Its privileged location, bordering a part of the historic city and with a magnificent perspective on its west façade –the most monumental–, turned it into the main urban garden of Compostela city; also important for the variety and size of its arboreal and ornamental species: like the set of oaks, the splendid eucalyptus or the pergola with views that make up the chestnut trees of the Indies in “Paseo da Ferradura” promenade. The passage of time has left traces in its spatial arrangement, as can be seen in the central promenade, with corridors for the different social classes of the XIX century, in the almost triumphal arch that gives access to “Paseo dos Leóns” or in the arrangement of flowerbeds, fountains and ponds. And also in its nineteenth-century, modernist and current buildings, in the abundance and shapes of its statues and sculptures and in its furniture, especially the granite benches, with artistic foundry support from the well-known Galician factory of Sargadelos.
Right at the entrance we are received by the sculpture of the Two Marys and the College of San Clemente de Pasantes. Another point of interest, among the many that this park has, is the viewpoint of “Paseo da Ferradura”. The Alameda Park has two sanctuaries: the church El Pilar, next to the park’s central promenade, which is Baroque (XVIII century) and Santa Susana chapel, located at the highest point of the park. This is especially important for its connection with the history of the city, since it was consecrated in the XII century by Archbishop Xelmírez, a fundamental figure in the History of Santiago, to house the relics of Santa Susana, brought from Portugal. The current temple is a reconstruction performed during the XVII and XVIII centuries, which only preserved of the primitive Romanesque work the main door, some modillions and the window with its skylight. The Gothic cross on the apex of the nave was also preserved.
We will continue our route along Pombal Street, until we reach the crossroads where we turn left at Poza de Bar Street. We will continue walking along that street in the direction of “San Lourenzo” where the impressing oak grove will receive us on the banks of the river Sarela, which surrounds the Convent of San Lourenzo de Trasouto. Occupied initially by Franciscans, from the XV century became the residence of the Counts of Altamira. In spite of the numerous reforms, the church conserves the Romanesque naves of the first building. On the outside of this building, whose walls hide an important historical garden, there is still a leafy forest of centenary oaks. Hidden among the trees there is a fountain and two cruceiros: large stone crosses that marked the roads and that are the hallmark of Galicia.
From here, we will go by Xoaquín Díaz de Rábago Street, interning in the South Campus of the University of Santiago. We will take the street on the left Xosé María Suárez Núñez Street, then Constantino Candeira Street to turn left at Lope Gómez de Marzoa Street, until we reach the end of Jenaro de la Fuente Street. There, at the roundabout, we continue straight towards “Avenida de Barcelona”, where we will find the CIMUS (Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases). At the end of the avenue, there is the CHUS, University Clinical Hospital of the city. From there we will continue along Sempre en Galiza Street until we reach a crossroads where we will take a semi-roundabout in direction to Liberdade Avenue, where we will find Bodeguilla de Santa Marta Restaurant, a establishment belonging to “Galicia Calidade” and a place where we can recover our strength and enjoy its exquisite proposals with a modern touch.