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Torbeo (Spain)
Coordinates: 42°26′35″N7°22′41″W / 42.44306°N 7.37806°W / 42.44306; -7.37806 Coordinates: 42°26′35″N7°22′41″W / 42.44306°N 7.37806°W / 42.44306; -7.37806
CountryFlag of Spain.svg  Spain
Autonomous community Flag of Galicia.svg  Galicia
Province Lugo
Comarca Quiroga
   Town Hall Ribas de Sil
  Total1,620 km2 (630 sq mi)
645 m (2,116 ft)
  Density0.054/km2 (0.14/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Torbeano, na
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code 982
Website Official website

Torbeo is a Galician parish of the municipality of Ribas de Sil, in Spain. The parish has a population of 87 inhabitants according to INE data for the year 2016. distributed in 12 localities. The parish is located on a slope south of the River Sil, within the Ribeira Sacra.

Galicia (Spain) Autonomous community of Spain

Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain and historic nationality under Spanish law. Located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, it comprises the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, being bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castile and León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Cantabrian Sea to the north. It had a population of 2,718,525 in 2016 and has a total area of 29,574 km2 (11,419 sq mi). Galicia has over 1,660 km (1,030 mi) of coastline, including its offshore islands and islets, among them Cíes Islands, Ons, Sálvora, Cortegada, and—the largest and most populated—A Illa de Arousa.

Ribas de Sil Municipality in the province of Lugo, Spain

Ribas de Sil is a town located in Galicia, in the Spanish province of Lugo. The monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil, currently used as a Parador, is first mentioned in the 10th century, but is believed to have been founded here in between the 6th and 7th century.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística (Spain) Spains principal government institution in charge of statistics and census data

The National Statistics Institute is the official agency in Spain that collects statistics about demography, economy, and Spanish society. It is an autonomous organization in Spain responsible for overall coordination of statistical services of the General State Administration in monitoring, control and supervision of technical procedures. Every 10 years, this organisation conducts a national census. The last census took place in 2011.



All these towns are surrounded by centenaries and splendid forests of chestnut trees. It has 481 ha of neighboring hills of the parish and a total area of 1620 ha.

In A Cubela there is a spectacular and famous meander called meander of A Cubela.


Villages and neighborhoods

It has different population centers, which are:

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Town Center
Neighborhoods of Torbeo:
  • O Barrio
  • Campos
  • O Carballiño
  • Lama de Paio
  • O Outeiro
  • Pacios
  • Paredes
  • San Martiño


Sebastián de Miñano, "Individual of the Royal Academy of History, and of the Society of Geography of Paris" published in 1828 the "Geographical and Statistical Dictionary of Spain" and says of Torbeo: "On the other side of this river finds the extensive and rich abbey and stump of Santa Maria de Torveo, on a very high slope and with several gorges populated with chestnut trees. " Torbeo was a city council, had 1030 inhabitants in 1827 and Floridablanca in 1785 defines Torbeo as "Coto Redondo, Ecclesiastical Manor and Secular Lordship, Province of Orense and Jurisdiction of Torbeo, with Ordinary Mayor of Secular Lordship". There is evidence of an important monastery from the 12th to the 16th century. There are many texts referring to Vasco Pérez de Quiroga (born in 1135), buried in the abbey of Torbeo and whose tombstone could be read; "Here is the Bon Quiroga rich ome of Castella, very gracious and charitable that no one should die of fame, requiescat in pace". In 1555, in the "Refranero or proverbs in romance" of Hernán Núñez, the following saying: "When you go to Torbeo leva or bread not seo". Its abbey has 100 vassals in the days of Felipe II.

Well-known is also Filomena Arias "The Witch or Wise of Torbeo", a singular case of curanderismo and divination in the deep Galicia of the end of the last century and beginning of the present. His fame was such that Torbeo came people from all over Galicia, León, Ponferrada and Asturias, in search of their miraculous remedies and their visions. The "work and miracles" of Filomena is present in numerous publications; in "Wood of Boj" by Camilo José Cela, in "Lendas Galician of oral tradition", in the "Guide of Galicia naxica", ...

The most well-known monument is the 12th-century Romanesque church of Santa María, defined as "one of the best and most elegant examples of Galician rural Romanesque" in the book by D. José Ramón Fernández, published by the Instituto Diego Velázquez of the Higher Council of Scientific Research in 1945. Another well-known and singular building of Torbeo is the Pazo da Casa Nova.

On the other hand we also have the meander of A Cubela, in A Cubela.

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