Pedra da Serpe

The stone of Pedra da Serpe is a unique monument of unknown origins or date.

It is a granite rock with a snake carved in relief, on top of which a cross has been placed. At the base of the cross you can see a coiled serpent, something extraordinary in the western world.

In Galicia the representation of snakes dates back to the megalithic period and some appear carved on dolmens. There are also representations of snakes on some petroglyphs and at some castros. The figurative relief, as in the case here, only appears after the invasion of the Romans.

Legend says that San Adrián, the patron saint of the parish, freed the lands from a plague of serpents by stamping his foot on the ground and making them disappear, cast under a spell beneath this stone.