Betanzos has history, a monumental character, and tradition… but it is also lively, it invites you to discover every corner, to walk around calmly and to get to know its traditions.
One century later, in XVIII, buildings as important as the city hall or, outside the walls, the intended Archive of the Kingdom of Galicia, now the Liceo, were built.
Towards the middle of the XIX century a real interest in the urban aspect of the city emerged. Improvements were made at the Plaza del Campo, trying to make it a main square by paving it. They also imported an iron fountain from France that represents “Diana the hunter”, placed at the centre of the square. The houses on the edge of the square were improved; balconies emerged that transformed the look as a whole.
The city has tried to move away from restrictions that medieval limits impose, opening up new streets with better sanitary conditions. The city has been widened and new architectural trends have been incorporated (like the house of D. Juan García Naveira). At this moment, historicist styles of the XIX and the XX centuries exist together with modernism and eclecticism. This will be the time for the “indianos” to sponsor social projects.
From the 30s we see a break from traditional construction, cheaper buildings were built, where concrete use prevailed and insignias almost disappeared. However, as a result of the declaration of the city as a Complex of Historical-Artistic Monuments, we take more care when building new constructions or rehabilitating ancient ones.
San Martiño de Tiobre
Localities: O Barral, Betanzos O Vello, Braxe, Caraña de Abaixo, Caraña de Arriba, Caraña do Medio, Gas, Lanza, A Ponte Vella, San Paio, Touriñao de Abaixo, Touriñao de Arriba, A Xerpe.
Patron Saint: San Martiño, 11th of November.
The pilgrimage of San Paio is also celebrated on the 24th of August.