What to see in Corcubión

Corcubion, land of calm and bravery

Cultural Heritage

Medieval Fair

Ethnological heritage

The Corcubión Medieval Fair is always held during the third weekend of July, provided that it does not coincide with the celebration of the festivity in honour of Virgen del Carmen; in this case it would be held on the following weekend.

During that weekend the village turns into a medieval fair. The villagers take part in this festival wearing period clothes and enjoying all the stalls and food that fill the streets of the historic centre.

If there is a suitable place for such an event, it is Corcubión.

With the constitution of the first European Medieval Kingdom, the Middle Ages began in Galicia. This period was of great importance for our territory, as it is when the elements that today constitute us as a nation began to be defined. In this way, in the Middle Ages our culture achieved a prestige that made the Galician language one of the most important in Europe.

On the other hand, in the Middle Ages Galicia was also the centre of the medieval peninsular kingdoms to such an extent that most of the Galician kings were also called Emperors, which gave them superiority over other peninsular kings. One of these Kings of Galicia who proclaimed himself Emperor was Alfonso VII, who was crowned King of Galicia in 1110 by Gelmírez in the Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral and who received his education in the Moraime’s Monastery, in Muxía, under D. Pedro Froilaz, Count of Traba. D. Pedro, a person with great influence, represented one of the most important lineages of Galicia with origin in Costa da Morte. He held the title of Count of Galicia since 1109 and was educated at the court of Alfonso VI. This gives us a small sample of what the Galician nobility represented at that time and the strength it had in the medieval context.

In the late Middle Ages, a family descended from the Traba family acquired importance and played a very important role in the village: the Moscoso family, which was granted the title of Counts of Altamira in the last days of King Enrique IV. This family gave Corcubión a strong boost when Rui Sanches de Moscoso, his son Rodrigo de Moscoso and his daughter-in-law Juana de Castro came to settle here in 1430 and established the jurisdictional capital for its defence and also to take advantage of the maritime traffic. At this time it was very important for Corcubión and its port, the most western port in Galicia and an obligatory stopover for ships continuing south or north, especially from the 14th century, a time of great prosperity in its fleet and its frequent commercial relations with Italy and, especially, with the Republic of Venice.

The Counts of Altamira also founded a pilgrims' hospital in Corcubión to attend those pilgrims who came from Santiago de Compostela and went to Fisterra and Muxía to visit the Santo Cristo and the Virxe da Barca Sanctuaries.

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