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JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I haven't seen anyone mention this funny little town between Rates and Barcelos on the Portugues. It is named for a large stone with a hole in it sitting next to the church. The story is that a saint was buried alive and he escaped by poking his head through this rock, creating the hole. From what I read, the rock pre-dates the chJill with holey rock.jpgurch and town. It's a strange thing - not perfectly round like a millstone. I wonder if it is Roman.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I haven't seen anyone mention this funny little town between Rates and Barcelos on the Portugues. It is named for a large stone with a hole in it sitting next to the church. The story is that a saint was buried alive and he escaped by poking his head through this rock, creating the hole. From what I read, the rock pre-dates the chView attachment 62096urch and town. It's a strange thing - not perfectly round like a millstone. I wonder if it is Roman.
I missed it, Jill, in early May this year! Bummer!
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
Hey there @JillGat. I remember the church, and the albergue there, even took a photo as I passed by. However, didn't know about the stone or the legend. Thank-you! I was able to find the stone on Google maps, street view! I will be sure to find it the next time! Very interesting legend. I also would be curious as to the stone's actual origin, if anyone knows.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I first read about this rock and went looking for it at the wrong church in the wrong town. (I didn't see any town names). When I saw this up on a balcony, I knew I was on the right track. None of the pilgrims I met had heard of it.
 

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Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
I first read about this rock and went looking for it at the wrong church in the wrong town. (I didn't see any town names). When I saw this up on a balcony, I knew I was on the right track. None of the pilgrims I met had heard of it.
Yes, it's a shame how many of us, ignorant of the amazing history of most of these places, just walk on by! That's why this forum is so valuable! I can update my eBooks when I see such great information, that often comes from astute pilgrims like you!
 

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