The first count of Monterrei, Sancho Fernández de Ulloa founded this monastery near his castle in 1484. However, the monks moved to Verín in 1557, where they have continued their activity since then. The architectural complex you are visiting is divided into the church (public section) and monastic buildings (private section). The aspect of this space is characterized by a Baroque air, the result of modifications and corresponding works mainly carried out in the 18th century.
The most noteworthy external element of the space is the main church façade tower finished in 1738. It has a quadrangular layout and at the top you can see two balconies with balusters and the entire section topped with a dome holding the bells. Inside many of the wooden carvings distributed throughout the temple are worthy of mention, although the most relevant piece is the main altarpiece presided by the founder of the order, Saint Peter Nolasco. Do not forget to visit the choir ashlar and the sepulchre headstone with the heraldic details of the Feijoo family dated back to 1762. Your best guide for this building would be to ask one of the seven mercedarian friars currently living here, who are usually delighted to attend visitors.
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