Things were no different in medieval Galicia, where the archbishop of Santiago controlled vast swaths of territory and acted as a secular lord over a huge part of the population. Ostensibly the spiritual leader of Galicia’s Catholics, the archbishop also commanded huge temporal power as well. The Rocha Forte castle was strategically located along the main trade routes from Noia on the coast to Santiago, the Sar River, and the Camino de Santiago coming south from Portuguese, and it enabled the archbishop to demand tribute and to tax products.
|Toward the cistern|
|Old “cannon balls”|
How to get there
|The train goes by here, but does not stop|
|Horses grazing nearby|
If you’re more interested in scrambling across the walls and hearing a detailed historical explanation, the city leads free guided tours at 11am and 6pm every Saturday; just be sure to sign up online first so they know to send a tour guide!
Are you a fan of exploring castles or is it “seen one, seen ’em all” for you? Tell me what your favorite castle is below in the comments!
For more photos, check out my album on Flickr.