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Gárgolas de Compostela | Compostela Gargoyles


Benxamín Vázquez
Fotografías de Xaime Cortizo


146 pp. Formato 12 x 22 cms
ISBN 978-84-18567-31-5
Impreso en papel FSC


Santiago de Compostela é quizais a cidade europea con maior densidade de gárgolas, esas máscaras pétreas —enigmáticas, divertidas, transgresoras— que nos contemplan desde o alto a partir da Idade Media. Hai máis de 300, e nesta pioneira guía trilingüe (galego, castelán e inglés) selecciónanse 30 das máis singulares, nunha ollada nova e moi sorprendente desta capital.


Santiago de Compostela es quizás la ciudad europea con mayor densidad de gárgolas, esas máscaras de piedra –enigmáticas, divertidas, transgresoras– que nos contemplan desde lo alto a partir de la Edad Media. Hay más de 300, y en esta guía seleccionamos 30 de las más singulares, en una nueva y muy sorprendente visión de esta capital.


Santiago de Compostela is perhaps the European city with the highest density of gargoyles, those stone figures –enigmatic, amusing, transgressive– that have peered down on us since the Middle Age. There are more than 300, and in this guide we select 30 of the most unique, offering a new and quite surprising vision of this capital.



The Soutomaior Castle [English Ed.]


Size: 17×21 cms. 184 pp.
English ISBN 978-84-16460-86-1

A place full of history

Every castle has its own history, but the one inside the Soutomaior Castle’s walls is very special. Nowadays it sits majestically and in silence, dominating the valley of the Verdugo river in the province of Pontevedra. Its past is hidden behind its sturdy walls and goes back to the 12th century. The fascination provoked by this place has gone through all the stages of its history and arrived to our days. Illustrious proprietaries and visitors have left here their permanent marks and they will be forever part of the Soutomaior Castle.This book, The Soutomaior Castle, a place full of history (Alvarellos Editora-Deputación de Pontevedra) is not an historical essay or a common guide, but an illustrated work that will allow us to discover a fortress that went from being the centre of power in Galicia during the Middle Ages to complete oblivion, and was revived again at the end of the 19th century.

A narration full of anecdotes and information unknown until this day, including more than a hundred pictures (historical and current ones), illustrations and plans that will immerse the reader in the history of one of the most outstanding monuments of the Rías Baixas.

Codex Calixtinus-Book V [English edition]


Pp. 104. Formato 12 x 22 cms.
ISBN 978-84-16460-75-5


Una nueva edición en inglés (en el mismo formato popular y de bolsillo en el que editamos en 2016 la edición en castellano) del texto más atractivo y popular del Códice Calixtino: el Libro V, escrito a mediados del siglo XII y que está considerado como la primera guía de viajes de Europa.


El Códice Calixtino fue reconocido en 2017 por la UNESCO como “Registro de la Memoria del Mundo”, una inscripción que reconoce a las grandes joyas documentales de la historia de la humanidad.


Nos encontramos pues ante un texto que es un tesoro imprescindible para todos los amantes del Camino, de la ciudad de Santiago y de la cultura europea.


El autor de este Libro V del Códice, posiblemente un monje francés llamado Aimeric Picaud, se detiene en los lugares, monumentos y gentes que encuentra a su paso por el Camino de Santiago. La narración nos hará viajar a los primeros tiempos de las peregrinaciones. El autor pretende «que los peregrinos que marchan a Santiago prevengan, con estas noticias, los gastos necesarios para su viaje».


Way of St. James from Santiago to Muxía via Brandomil [English Edition]


A historic pilgrimage route featuring remains from Roman times


116 pp. 12 x 22 cms.
ISBN 978-84-16460-65-6


This guide invites us to travel along a historical trail that is still largely unknown. It is the shortest route between Santiago de Compostela and Muxía, used by pilgrims and travellers for centuries, with the medieval bridge of Brandomil as one of its emblems.

An 86-km route that is presented here with all of its attractions: map with stages, sites and monuments
to visit, and illustrated with 75 striking photographs. A practical guide that invites us to explore nature and history at leisure because, in the author’s words, “to walk old paths… is to claim the future.”

María Vinyals, the woman of the future [English Edition] (Coming soon)


Seven lives under the shadow of a castle


Size: 23,5×15,5 cms. 248 pp.
English ISBN 978-84-16460-71-7


This work is the result of a rigorous and thorough research, with a great amount of unpublished material (documental, graphic and oral testimonies), about the fascinating history of María Vinyals y Ferrés, born in 1875 in the Soutomaior Castle (Pontevedra).

She grew up in a wealthy family, lived intense experiences and ended up becoming a prolific writer, a pioneer in feminism and a woman worried about the future of the society that surrounded her.In her private life, she would rebel against the chains of an ill-fated marriage.

With her second husband –the Cuban doctor Enrique Lluria–, she would share politic and social ideals. Together they would end up founding a great sanatorium in 1910 using the old theatre of the Soutomaior Castle. They moved there with their five children, four of whom were from their previous marriages.

In 1917, drowning in debts and marginalized because of their political views, María Vinyals and Enrique Lluria would leave the Soutomaior Castle forever. It was then when their paths and those of their children Antonio, Enrique, Emilia, María Teresa and Roger, would take different courses and would never meet again.

This historical essay (published in tree languages: Spanish, Galician and English), looks back on those seven lives that grew up under the shadow of a castle. From this impressive medieval fortress, nowadays a public property owned by the Deputación de Pontevedra, Diego Piay travels beyond its walls and its battlements, beyond Pontevedra, Galicia… or Europe.

This history took shape inside the robust walls of this castle and now, so many years after, goes back to where it all began.

About us

Alvarellos editora

ALVARELLOS EDITORA is a veteran publishing company founded in 1977, specialized in the rescue of the rare, forgotten or scattered works of recognized value in Galician culture.

We have other publishing lines such as cookery books, essay, fiction or facsimile (from the 18th and 19th centuries).

This independent firm is based in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, in the N.W. of Spain.