Pazo of Rúa Nova

Íntimamente relacionado con el escritor Ramón María del Valle Inclán, el pazo de Rúa Nova se halla a caballo entre las parroquias de Sobrán (Vilagarcía) y András (Vilanova).
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Closely connected to the writer Ramón María del Valle Inclán, the pazo of Rúa Nova is located in the border of Sobrán (Vilagarcía) and András (Vilanova). Typical of many pazos, Rúa Nova was built on the ruins of al old fortification. Its construction dates from the 16th century and it became what it is today in the mid-18th century when Miguel de Inclán and Rosa Malvido created the family estate and moved to Rúa Nova Tower-Home whose chapel was consacrated to San Miguel.


The pazo of Rúa Nova has an L-shaped floor plan, typical of the “pacega” – related to pazos- architecture. On the left hand side there is a big battlemented gate leading to the garden  and to the tower staircase. Back then, the garden was so  magnificent that it came out in some publications for being one of the most beautiful  in Spain. It stood out for its Romantic style, the fountain and the stone statues of  its founders, Miguel de Inclán and Rosa Malvido; he was dressed with  diplomatic attire and she was playing a musical instrument.

Behind the big entrance door it is  the Tower-Home, the  central body of the pazo. Similarly to Pardiñas in Vilaxoán, it also has a splendid  cast iron railed stone balcony supported by some solid corbels.

This house was where Valle Inclán set the birth of the well-known Bradomín mar-quis


However, if there is something unique in Rúa Nova it is the chapel, since it is not detached from the building  but  integrated in the main construction. Moreover, it is the link between the two parts of the L-shape structure, to the point that it shares the same roof with  the rest of the pazo. The chapel, which has  a round arch door, reaches its highest point with a bell gable. Between both, the door and the bell gable, there is a niche which hosts  the statue of San Miguel, with  part of its original polychromy,  fighting and beating  the devil. This chapel and its surroundings are likely to have inspired Ramón del Valle Inclán, who lived in the family pazo in several occasions,  to write his “Romance de lobos” – Wolf romance.

Behind the chapel,  a third structure used for housing purposes  completes the pazo which is nowadays rather dilapidated,  alongside its garden. However, it may well be worth a visit for the quaint constructions and for the two cultural assets located in its surroundings.

Address: Rúa Maceiras, 29. András. 36611 – Vilanova de Arousa,

Visits: Private property. Only outside visits allowed