Tui, Pontevedra

Tui, Pontevedra

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Tui () is a town located in Galicia , in the province of Pontevedra. It is located on the bank of the Minho River, facing the Portuguese town of Valença.

Named as Tude by Romans, it was already mentioned by Strabo and Ptolemy. During the Visigothic period, it briefly served as the capital of a Galician subkingdom under Wittiza. After the campaigns of Alfonso I of Asturias (739-757) against the Moors, the town lay abandoned in the largely empty buffer zone between Moors and Christians known at the time as "The Desert of the Duero" and was part of the "Repoblación" (repopulation) effort carried out a century later, during the reign of Ordoño I of Asturias (850-866).

Today the town centre is near the Inn of San Telmo. On the top of the hill, the cathedral (11th-13th century) preserves Romanesque elements in its main vestibule, and the Gothic period in the western vestibule. The town has two museums, one dedicated to archaeology and sacred art, and the other is the diocesan museum.

Two bridges connect Tui and Valença: Tui International Bridge (known in Portugal as Valença International Bridge), completed in 1878 under the direction of Gustave Eiffel, and a modern one from the 1990s. Both countries being signatories of the Schengen Treaty, there are normally no formalities in crossing what is the busiest border-point in Northern Portugal.

Tui has 11 districts: Malvas, Pexegueiro, Areas, Pazos de Reis, Rebordans, Ribadelouro, Guillarei, Paramos, Baldrans...
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