Text : Until the middle of the 19th century, the area nowadays known as “Campiño de Santa María” housed a group of buildings that included the tower of Tristán de Montenegro and the door of “So a Esqueira”, which belongs to the Gothic church of Santa María. The old wall still surrounded the city, and at the feet of the Plaza de Fonseca, where the Palacio de los Mendoza is situated, were the Torres de los Churrachaos, remains of the medieval archbishop’s palace. Some parts of the old wall still survive, but since it limited the expansion of the city, the local authorities agreed to demolish it in order to develop the area. This medieval town collection recovered importance recently due to the works that were being made in the basilica staircase. When the excavations began, a group of buildings were discovered, among these, the remains of the tower of Tristán, and an important stretch of the wall, as well as a paved road with boulders and other medieval constructions. Today, the city council is restoring this area, where the Museo Abierto del Campiño de Santa María will be situated, as well as an interpretation center, the Centro de Interpretación de las Torres Arzobispales.
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