Pontedeume and its architectural value
Through the English Way, there are several examples of the power of the Andrade family, more specifically of Fernán Pérez de Andrade, The Good, after more than six-hundred years.
In the village of Pontedeume, there is the Andrade tower, which has an altitude of eighteen meters, distributed on four floors inside and thumping stone walls with more than two meters thick. It is the only remnant of the so-called Palacio de Andrade, built in the late fourteenth century and demolished in the early decades of the twentieth century, that was accessed through a wall and a drawbridge. It is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture preserved in Galicia. Today it has inside the Office of Tourism and the Centre for Interpretation of Andrade that adds value and knowledge to what the Andrade family has meant for all this territory.
On the outskirts of Pontedeume, on the Peña Leboreira in the parish of Noguierosa, the remains of the Castle of Andrade stand, built between 1369 and 1377 on land owned by the monastery of Sobrado. More than a house, it is believed to be used as a defensive bastion or watchtower due to the peculiarity of the rocky terrain where the tower isand reaches an altitude of twenty meters.
There is a legend that says that there was a secret passage between these two monuments since they are only three miles away.
Photo courtesy of Cristina Rodríguez