Parroquia San Martiño de Forcarei
Parroquia de SAN MARTIÑO DE FORCAREI
In the parish that is the capital of the town council, you can see the parish church, a work from the end of the 18th century, built by the master mason Pedro Varela and the master stonemason Pedro Gutiérrez. It has a Latin cross floor plan, but the right arm of the church was enlarged by the architect Javier García Santoro in 1961. The apse is quadrangular in shape and the roofs are made of stone groined vaults. The façade is neoclassical in style, with a semicircular doorway above which sits a fornix with the image of the Virgin. From the split pediment starts the belfry tower, quadrangular in the first body and octagonal in the second, ending in a ribbed cupola.
The transept, which was previously located in the centre of the old square and, after its remodelling, became part of the staircase leading to the church, was built at the end of the 19th century by the same artist who had built that of the Aciveiro monastery field, Xosé Ferreiro.
The Town Hall of Forcarei, together with the church of Soutelo de Montes and the modernist-style house of the builder Alfredo González Barros, are the only examples of avant-garde architecture. It was designed by the architect from Pontevedra, César Portela-Fernández Jardón, winner of the National Architecture Prize in 1999.
Ponte Gomaíl, between the villages of Gaxín and Castrelo, is another example of the good work of the stone masons, the stonemasons of Montes, who started it in the 15th century in a beautiful and attractive spot where the river Lérez leaves the lands of Forcarey. It is located on a road which, at one of its forks, would lead to the old Via Strata (the origin of the neighbouring town of A Estrada), and is about fifteen metres long and two and a half metres wide. The main arch, slightly pointed as befits the style of the time, is made of slabs admirably placed in chapacuña, set on strong foundations in the river bed. It is in perfect harmony with the surroundings of the Lérez and the trees that surround it, making it an unbeatable place to enjoy nature. Ponte Gomail is an obligatory stop for all pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the paths that pass through the municipality.
Another place we always recommend is Freixa de Chamosa in Forcarei. It is one of the places where you will be immersed in the magic of the municipality. A “freixa” is one of the many ways of naming a waterfall in Galicia. And here in Chamosa we have a small river rushing down a narrow valley and forming several waterfalls of different sizes.
The Freixa da Chamosa waterfall is very close to Forcarei and can be reached on foot from the village of Chamosa. From there we will have signposted the path that will take us to the Sorribas stream and the confluence with another stream that flows down from A Mámoa and which is what forms the waterfalls and gave life to the mills.
The area of the waterfalls and mills of the Chamosa de Forcarei are located within a Red Natura 2000 area.