It is a village through which the Way of Saint James passes, belonging to Pedrafita do Cebreiro, which stands on a terrain abounding in stone and slate slabs. The village of Padornelo was ceded by Oveco Sánchez to Gelmírez and it is said that in his church there was an encomienda of the Hermanos Hospitaleros de San Juan de Malta. In the village there were until 1890 two parishes, that of Santa María Magdalena de O Poyo, annexed to Hospital da Condesa, which was built where today is the parish cemetery and the current one of San Juan linked to the encomienda of Portomarín..
Padornelo has a little more than a dozen constructions, among which the parish church of San Juan stands out. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and is what remains of the Sanjuanista priory. With a marked rural architecture in its roof inlosado rests the bell tower and in its interior it lodges a simple baroque altarpiece of a single body, that dates of century XVII. You can also see tombstones.
Padornelo displays a strong Jacobean tradition, here were installed knights of the Order of San Juan de Jerusalén, whose mission was to attend and defend pilgrims.
Padornelo can be reached by taking the detour we find on the LU-633 road that follows the course of the Way of Saint James joining Piedrafita do Cebreiro with Triacastela, Samos and Sarria among other localities.
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