In Lugo, the Roman Wall marks the rhythm and idiosyncrasies of the city. We arrive to the Wall following Xeneral Tella and Viveiro streets, then we access through ‘A Porta de Santiago’, which offers us the possibility of climbing the wall taking the stairs located in front of the facade of the cathedral, which we will visit later. It is highly recommended to cover the entire bailey, which is quite broad and with a good base. The walk is more than two kilometres long, so it will take us about half hour to complete it, but it will go in no time, as it is a really beautiful and evocative one and we can enjoy observing the city from an exceptional watchtower. The route should be done anticlockwise.
From the top of the wall it is possible to contemplate the current urban landscape of the city, with not very high buildings in the centre and several free spaces of different dimensions in the intramural sector (squares, gardens, interior courtyards and even some small farms cultivated up until not so many years ago), which explains why the wall was conserved, since it was not necessary to expand outside its outline until very recent dates. You can also enjoy the A Mosqueira Tower, the only one which is partially preserved. Although they are difficult to distinguish well from above, the wall has ten doors, most of which have been enlarged or reopened since 1830. The most notable doors among them are named “Miñá”, “Falsa” and “San Pedro”, which have been preserved sice the Roman era with small modifications.
Once the tour is completed, we will descend through the same stairs we climbed before and we go ahead to contemplate the Cathedral; with its neoclassical facade, made at the end of the XVIII century to replace the original, Romanesque style. Inside, the the three Romanesque-Gothic naves and the triforium stand out; as well as the Chapel and Image of “Virxe dos Ollos Grandes”, named after the expressiveness of her face; the Baroque wooden choir and the Gothic ambulatory. We can go out through the north door, made in beautiful Romanesque style, with a tympanum in which rises a Christ in Majesty from the XIII century.