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Sarria is a municipality in the province of Lugo, northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Sarria is the most densely populated town on the French Way in Galicia, with 13,700 inhabitants. It is head of the region and a popular starting point for the Camino de Santiago; many pilgrims choose Sarria because the distance from this point to Santiago allows them to cover the necessary kilometers to get the Compostela.It was in Sarria where King Alphonse IX died in 1230 while making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Besides, it represents the point of entry to the beautiful landscapes on the oriental side of Galicia such as Os Ancares and O Courel.Artistic heritageSarria has a rich artistic heritage characterized primarily by churches, which are an essential part of the Way of St. James. Sarria's artistic heritage includes the 13th-century church O Salvador, located on Rúa Maior, which is the early Gothic style. In this town, from its unusual rúa Maior, it is possible to see high up the distance the only tower that remains of the medieval fortress belonging to the town.Around this tower, a popular fair is held three times a month a showcase for the traditional products of the area. From its medieval past, Sarria conserves the Convent of A Madalena, presently belonging to the Mercedarian Fathers, founded at the beginning of the 13th century as a pilgrim hospital by Italian monks of the Order of the Blessed Martyrs of Jesus, who were also pilgrims. The present day building, which houses a small, but lovely cloister and an interesting church, is a mixture of different styles of construction ranging from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Today it is also a private school.
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