“Romaría do Santo Cristo” Fisterra (A Coruña)

Romaria do Santo Cristo Fisterrra
Romaria do Santo Cristo Fisterrra

This takes place at the westernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, journey’s end for the pilgrims following their visit to the Apostle’s tomb. Tradition has it that this is the site of the temple to the setting sun, the “Ara Solis”, and of the Chapel of San Guillermo where fertility rites still take place.

Easter has a special importance in Fisterra due to its relation to the sun cult: after the darkness, after the Passion, comes the Pascua Florida (Easter Sunday), when the Resurrection is re-enacted outside the Romanic church of Santa da Area, home to an unusual image known as the “Santo Cristo da Barba Dourada”, worshipped as if the very sun itself had been brought back from the dead.

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