Plaza de María Pita

A Coruña

Stately Plaza de María Pita is rimmed with cafes and dominated by the early-20th-century Ayuntamiento and a monument to the heroine the square is named after – she's depicted here repelling the 1589 English invaders in a flowing dress.

The story goes that María Pita dispatched an English lieutenant who had scaled A Coruña's city walls, then, with a cry of 'Whoever has honour, follow me!', led the citizens to repel the rest of the attacking force, which had arrived in retaliation for the Spanish Armada of the previous year.

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1. Ayuntamiento

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The elaborate but architecturally harmonious early-20th-century Ayuntamiento dominates Plaza de María Pita.

2. Galerías

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The expanse of classic late-19th-century Galician galerías (glassed-in balconies) fronting Avenidas de Montoto and Marina is an emblematic A Coruña sight…

3. Plaza del Humor

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This small square just west of Plaza de María Pita is decked with caricatures of famous laughter-makers from Cervantes to the Pink Panther. Not quite sure…

4. Iglesia de Santiago

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The 12th-century Iglesia de Santiago, with three Romanesque apses backing on to pretty little Plaza de la Constitución, is the city's oldest church.

5. Casa Museo María Pita

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The old home of A Coruña's great heroine, who took an inspirational lead in repelling a 1589 English invasion force (retaliation for the Spanish Armada of…

6. Museo de Belas Artes

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7. Xardín de San Carlos

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The British General Sir John Moore (killed in the nearby Battle of Elviña in 1809, leading a British force against the French who had invaded Spain) lies…

8. Museo Militar

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The Military Museum showcases an assembly of arms, uniforms, banners and other military gear from the 18th to 20th centuries.