What to see in A Coruña
As we enter the city of A Coruña, in the heart of the old town, we find the monumental Convent of Saint Dominic. It is located on one of the sides of the landscaped rectangular Saint Dominic Square and stands out for occupying the longest side and for its medieval façade.
Within this historic complex, the impressive baroque tower of Saint Dominic stands out, completed around the year 1770. The tower has a crooked appearance with respect to its façade; the legend revolving around it says that the architect who designed it realized his mistake and committed suicide. This story is false, as this work is attributed to Alberto de Ricoy.
The third Temple of the Dominican Order was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1984 and has been on this site since the second half of the 13th century. The temple, a well-preserved Baroque example, has a plan in the shape of a Latin cross of great proportions. In the main chapel is a rectangular apse with an almost flat vault.
The altarpieces on the side arms are dedicated to Catherine and Saint Thomas Aquinas and occupy their original spaces. Subsequent to the Second Vatican Council, the temple has been liturgically restored and remodelled in different stages. This church, one of the largest in the city, has an image of the Virgin and Child on the outer wall of the apse from its first Dominican temple in front of the university rectory building.
To visit this temple is to take a journey through history and faith where, in addition to taking a tour of the city, you can learn about architecture, culture and religion just by walking around the square.