It is located on the edge of Monte Picois, on the slope of Mount Marmoral, and Silvela, whose name seems to be a diminutive of the Latin word silva, "jungle or forest", is under the Serra Follabal. Both belong to the Fonsagradina parish of San Martín de Suarna, which is located to the southeast of the town of Fonsagrada, capital of the town hall of the same name, on the Primitive Way.
The typical construction of the houses of the zone is of stone walls and slate roofs, having almost all a wooden hórreo to the side. These hórreos that were used to keep the harvests and the sausages and meats of the slaughters, today in addition they are a decorative element of the physiognomy of the predominant architectural set in the place. Also in Silvela, in a green meadow that invites to rest, next to the Jacobean path, you can see the chapel of Santa Barbara in which a generous portico bears a coat of arms with the Maltese Cross and the Jacobean shell. The Medorras de Silvela also speak of their ancient past. In Paradanova, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Green Classroom of Nature can satisfy the typical curiosity of the traveller..
Not far from the hermitage of Silvela, and following the Jacobean tradition, there are signs inviting the pilgrim to take a stone from a certain place and after transporting it for a few kilometers, deposit it in another place indicated. Undoubtedly these traditions derive from ancestral rites.
In the parish of San Martín de Suarna in a place called "Muiño da Chaila", there was a mill, hence the name of the place. The neighbors of the villages and even of the adjacent parishes came to him, because he had fame of "making very good bread". Then an electric plant was installed in him that gave service to San Martín until the year 1978.
At the door of the hermitage of Santa Bárbara de Silvela, a prayer reads like this: Saint Barbara, who in heaven is written, keeps bread and wine and keeps all pilgrims.
Paradanova and Silvela are connected to A Fonsagrada by the LU-701 road. This same road, but in the opposite direction, joins them with Grandas de Salime and the Principality of Asturias.
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