Padrón is a town with great religious and historic significance and it has also been the birthplace of some of Galicia's most famous and celebrated citizens, most notably Camilo Jose Cela, who was awarded a Nobel prize for literature and Rosalia de Castro, a poet and writer who remains popular and famous today. It has churches, museums, the largest open air market in Galicia and an important artifact connected to the apostle Saint James and Santiago de Compostela.

padron-mooring-stoneLegend claims that Padrón got its name from a large stone to which the boat, transporting the dead and decapitated body of the Apostle Saint James, was tied during a stop off at Iria Flavia while on route to Santiago.

The actual stone, called the "Pedrón", now rests on permanent display under the altar of Padrón parish church (the church of Santiago). You can visit the church and you are also free to photograph or video the “Pedrón” if you wish.

On leaving Padrón, St. James's remains were taken to Santiago by his disciples Athanasius and Theodore where they were interned. Both Athanasius and Theodore were subsequently buried next to their charge after their deaths.

monte-santiaguino-padronMonte Santiaguino is where St. James first preached the gospel message.  Adjoining the mount is a small chapel of Santiaguiño with a stone motif of St. James baptizing a pilgrim with water poured from a scallop shell.

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