The lively market town of Melide, along the last section of the French Way Camino de Santiago, is home to what it’s believed to be Galicia’s oldest wayside cross, or ‘cruceiro’. It is known as the Cruceiro de Melide.
You’ll find this cross beside the Chapel of San Roque in Melide’s Avenida de Lugo, in the town centre. The cross, in Gothic style, is today placed at the top of a modern stone column but it is believed to date back to the XIV century. At least, this is what the famous writer and academic Castelao recorded in his book dedicated to the study of wayside crosses across Galicia: As cruces de pedra na Galiza.
Like most other Galician wayside crosses, Melide’s Cruceiro depicts an image of Christ. One of the sides features a crucifixion scene, while the other side represents Christ in a majestic pose. The cross could have belonged to the old Saint Peter Church in the town.
And if you happen to be in Melide, don’t forget to stop in a local bakery to buy a few local pastries: the town’s famous ‘melindres’.