The first vice-president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, and the Regional Minister of Culture, Education and University, Román Rodríguez, today visited the building where the refurbishment work will be carried out to enhance the value of the surroundings of the church of San Trocado and promote cultural tourism. Alfonso Rueda highlighted the city council’s commitment to a sustainable and quality tourism model that coincides with the values of Galician tourism. Román Rodríguez pointed out that the Xunta is investing 19% more to improve the heritage and to give value to assets such as this church, one of the more than 700 BICs.
The first vice-president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, and the Regional Minister of Culture, Education and University, Román Rodríguez, together with the territorial delegate of the Xunta in Ourense, Gabriel Alén, visited today the rectory of Santa Comba de Bande, where the Galician Government is going to carry out a comprehensive rehabilitation that involves an investment of 424,000 euros.
The work on this building annexed to the church of San Trocado or Santa Comba will contribute to the elimination of barriers for visitors and to the improvement of the quality of the environment adjacent to the Visigothic temple. In this way, the Xunta intends to enhance the value of this architectural treasure with the aim of attracting visitors through the promotion of cultural and sustainable tourism.
The first vice-president of the Xunta highlighted the importance of recovering this building, which fits in with Galicia’s tourism model, based on sustainability and quality. Thus, he stressed the tourist potential of the council and its commitment to this model of tourism that helps to boost the economy and fix population in rural areas.
In fact, the church of San Trocado or Santa Comba de Bande is probably the most complete Visigothic building in the community and one of the best examples of Hispano-Visigothic architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, the municipality also has the Interpretation Centre of the archaeological site Aquis Querquennis, one of the main tourist attractions in the area. It also belongs to the Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés natural park and has the cultural route of the Way of San Rosendo.
Therefore, Alfonso Rueda noted the importance of carrying out actions such as this rehabilitation to “offer the best face and image of Galicia” tourists and pilgrims visiting the community when the health situation permits, as is being done in shelters and in the various routes xacobeas. In addition, the Xunta is committed to promoting Galicia as a safe destination to regain the confidence of travellers through measures such as coronavirus insurance. For his part, the Regional Minister of Culture, Education and University, Román Rodríguez, highlighted the 19% increase that the Xunta is making this year in the improvement of cultural heritage, understanding it as one of the fundamental pillars of Galicia’s identity and an economic engine. He also highlighted the importance of the works in the Rectory of Santa Comba de Bande, which will enhance the value of the rich heritage of the church of San Trocado, one of the 748 Assets of Cultural Interest (BICs) that Galicia has.