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Hello friends today I offer the image of this old stone church with the beautiful Galician sky background in the interesting and beautiful town of Laxe. I hope you like the image and its history.

Lage (Laxe officially in Galician) is a Spanish municipality located in the province of La Coruña (Galicia). Belongs to the region of Bergantiños.

It is situated in the center of the Costa da Morte, on the south side of the estuary of Corme and Lage, on the coast of transition between this and the estuary of Camariñas. South delineated with the municipality and the Vimianzo Zas, east of the town of Cabana de Bergantiños and to the west, with Camariñas, although separated from it by a narrow strip of land in the municipality of Vimianzo.

The origin of the name is in the word Galician laxe, from the early medieval lagena form of Celtic origin, and whose actual meaning is, in Castilian, "slab" or "flat stone".

Until the beginning of S. Nineteenth Laxe found tied together with Camariñas land and much of the Zas and Muxía, to the jurisdiction of Vimianzo within the former province of Santiago de Compostela.

Missing the military and religious order Templar, King Henry II gives these lands to the race of Marino. The September 15, 1425 Don Frederic, Duke of Arjona and Earl of Trastámara, new owner of the land, they are given in dowry to his cousin Juana de Castro to marry Don Rodrigo de Moscoso. Laxe so happens to belong to the dynasty of the Moscoso.

In S. Century, Galicia was divided into the four provinces that currently, being Laxe attached to the new province of A Coruña. Later, it became part of the judicial de Carballo, located on land bergantiñanas, marking its independence from the House of Moscoso.

Laxe, at present, is attached to the region of Bergantiños localized at the western end of it. It is one of the smallest municipalities in extension of the province of A Coruña as it only covers a total of 34.1 km spread across the capital, Laxe, and the parishes of Serantes Soesto, Nate, and Lock Sarces.

The sources of wealth of the population of the municipality are agriculture and fishing, experiencing a boom in the mid-twentieth century with a large fleet of inshore. In recent years, there was a large increase in tourism, seeking the tranquility of the village with the central beach and rich gastronomy.

The main activities carried out in the spring Lage are related to inshore fisheries (main engine of the economy Lage), so, Lage port is the only Coast of Death, which is increasing both the number of catch and boats and workers.
Other activities carried out in this port are: unloading of tuna, wood, iron as well as for construction.

Church of Santa Maria de la Atalaya.

Within the urban core, a high on the same port, we find the jewel of the town, the Church of Santa Maria de la Atalaya, set on a large atrium formed by high stone walls on which rested in the past few guns defensive. The church and its atrium served as watchtower and defense against the entrance to the port of any suspicious vessel or fleet.

In the late fifteenth century, this church was enlarged, and at first only had the chapel on the first third of the thirteenth century by Doña Urraca de Moscoso at the express wish of his mother Dona Juana de Castro and Lara, adding to the chapel a rectangular nave and years later a bell tower.
With the traditional orientation of the Roman temples, head to the east and west portico and Gothic sailor in the most part, this church has a body made up of simple walls and an interesting external decoration.

On the main facade or porch are the gateway to the church, Gothic and Gothic style with Doric archivolt or molding. In the south wall and between two buttresses topped opens a door in arch upon which rests a stone Gothic image of the Virgin made by the late fifteenth century. A little further on stands the stone staircase access to the bell tower (XVI) with three Gothic reliefs in its baluster made in the second half of XV. THE highlight below shows the Virgin and Santa Ana to the child, the center represents a Franciscan Friar, and more than an Angel. On the north wall and also between two buttresses of the nave opens a third door dintelada by a relief of the Resurrection, probably from the early sixteenth century.

It is the highlight of the temple. Here we can observe the composition of the plant, consisting of the ship, and the chapel or sanctuary. The roof of this chapel is covered with a simple ribbed Gothic vault. The Gothic arch that leads to the chapel from the nave is based on paired semicolumns common capital, on which we can observe two coats of arms in which you can see the flag of the Castro, represented by six roundels, and that of Lara, two small boilers, both belonging to the lineage of Doña Juana de Castro and Lara.

On the altar we see: A medieval image of the Virgen de la Atalaya, a medieval stone frieze includes five scenes of the resurrection of Christ, and Christ Pantocrator XIV century. In addition we can also see several small altars with different images of the XVII and XVIII.

Throughout the temple we can see in the different soil graves. On the main altar and the symbol of a crown can see the tombs of the first Moscoso.

In the nave we can admire Gothic stone image of St. Agnes, grant from the older sister Urraca, Dona Ines de Moscoso in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth. Recently found a painting of San Domingo de la Calzada in one of the walls of the nave.
Sources: Wikipedia and Tourism Laxe.
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/5000 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 32 mm
Date Taken: 2011-07-06 17:26
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 268 kb

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