THE COUNCIL OF CATOIRA EXPANDS THE CONTENTS OF THE “CACTO” WITH PANELS ON THE VISIGOTHAL STAGE AND THE SYMBOL OF XELMÍREZ

The Catoira City Council has just installed new exhibition resources in the Cultural Activation Center (CACTO) in the presence of Mayor Alberto García. It is an information panel on the Visigoth period, together with a replica of a coin stamped in Catoira, and another panel on the “rolled sign” that Archbishop Xelmírez used to authenticate his documents.

At the end of the 6th century, the Visigoths expelled the Swabians and turned Galicia into a Gothic province. At that stage there are indications of the presence of a mint in Catoira in which coins could be minted. Now you can see in the CACTUS the replica of a gold coin from the time of King Witericus (603-609) that bears the word CATORA inscribed on the reverse.

The panel above Xelmírez’s signature graphically reproduces the characteristic “rolled sign” used by the archbishop since 1115 as a symbol of authority in his documents.

 

THE COUNCIL OF CATOIRA AND THE “MESA DAS VERBAS” PAY TRIBUTE TO BALDOMERO ISORNA

Last Saturday, Catoira hosted a conference organized by the group from Vilagarcia, “Mesa das verbas”, dedicated to the poet from Catoira, Baldomero Isorna Casal.

The day began in the morning at the Torres de Oeste site. In the Chapel of Santiago they recited some poems and recalled the figure of Faustino Rey Romero, also a poet, who together with Baldomero Isorna -both members of the Ateneo del Ullán- were the promoters of the celebration of the Viking Fest. They then took a guided tour of the Torres de Oeste Cultural Activation Center. In the afternoon, the mayor, Alberto García, presented the recital that took place in the Celso Emilio Ferreiro room. The rianxeiro Xesús Santos was in charge of making a semblance of the Catoirense poet.

In addition to some poems from “Campanas de palo” and “Voz en blanco”, Isorna’s two publications, compositions by some members of the Table were also recited.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE DESTINATION VIKING ASSOCIATION ATTENDS IN CATOIRA THE TECHNICAL SEMINAR “THE VIKINGS AND THE WINE IN GALICIA”

On Wednesday 10th November, Catoira holds the thematic session “The vikings and the wine in Galicia”. The event will take place in Celso Emilio Ferreiro room, at the Town Hall of Catoira. It includes the presentation of Eduardo Morales book “The vikings in Galicia”. The president of the Destination Viking Association (DVA) Ole Madsen will attend this event, invited by the mayor Alberto García.

This event marks the beginning of a project that the Catoira Council has planned to carry out next year, and which includes the holding of a seminar on the links between the Vikings Route and the Camino de Santiago cultural itineraries, as well as a study to trace a Viking route between Catoira and Santiago de Compostela. The seminar will take place during the first week of August 2022, coinciding with the celebration of the Viking Pilgrimage and the Albariño Festival, both celebrations recognized as festivals of International Tourist Interest. One of the objectives of this project, which has the support of the Xunta de Galicia, is to take advantage of the relationships between these routes to promote the internationalization of the two celebrations.

Program:

  • 10:30 Welcome from the mayor of Catoira, Alberto García
  • 10:45 Presentation by Eduardo Morales: «The Vikings in Galicia». Former Chancellor of the Spanish Embassy in Denmark, archaeologist and researcher, author of numerous articles and publications on Scandinavian culture and the Vikings.
  • 11:30 Presentation of Ole Madsen: Destination Viking Association. Director of the Archaeological Museum of the University of Stavanger (Norway).
  • 12:00 Jorge Vila Fernández: presentation on Albariño wine. Sommelier and director of the Galicia Wine Academy.
  • 12:30 Albariño wine tasting.
  • 13:00 Closing by the territorial delegate of the Xunta de Galicia in Pontevedra.

This presentation event is open to all residents who want to attend.

We also remember that the municipal public library has copies of the book.

The CACTO receives a great welcome from the visitors

After three weeks of opening to the public, the Torres de Oeste Cultural Activation Center (CACTO), is exceeding expectations in terms of the number of visits and evaluations. During this period, the exhibition facilities were visited by more than 500 people.

People who come to the center especially appreciate the possibility of knowing how the Viking Pilgrimage takes place. The visit allows an approach to the footprint of the Nordic peoples and to the Pilgrimage that is held every summer in Catoira, as a festival of international tourist interest, with a large-format video-production in the basement, which allows you to relive the Viking landing in the first place person.

The CACTO was born as an interpretation center for Torres de Oeste. An approach to the history of this enclave: an island at the mouth of the Ulla river that constituted the access door and protection border from the ocean to the interior of Galicia and the lands of Compostela “Torres de Oeste, key and seal of Galicia “.

With this look, a journey is made from the past of prehistory in the environment, the primitive commercial maritime traffic in the Castro culture and continued during the Roman Empire, when we already found the identification of “Turris Augusti” at the mouth of the Ulla river. In the high Middle Ages, the enclave took on a new role, with the reconstruction and reinforcement of the fortification, already named “Castellum Honesti”, to face the incursions of new threats from the sea: the “men from the north” in search of riches in Jakobusland – as Galicia was called -. Beyond the stage of Viking raids, the Galician coasts suffered from the Almorabid pirates approached by sea from the south of the peninsula. In this context, the figure of Diego Xelmírez emerges, who lived as a child in the Torres de Oeste castle itself, and who later, as archbishop of Santiago, gave a boost to the defenses of the Arousa estuary, in the Castelo de West, and promoted the construction, in the shipyards of the river Ulla, of the first fleet of galleys of the Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula, to defend and successfully combat the incursions on the coasts of the Galician estuaries.

The center has information panels, an exhibition of replicas that contextualize different stages in the history of the Towers, and various audiovisual units that allow an interactive and immersive insight into the contents of the exhibition. On the upper floor there is a space for cultural activity dedicated to presentations and workshops for school visits. Meanwhile, this space is used as an exhibition extension with a look at the cultural heritage of the City Council of Catoira.

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