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Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense

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  • Façade of the Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Façade of the Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

  

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Rúa Hernán Cortés, nº 2
32005 Orense
Ourense, Galicia

Telephone+34 988223493

Fax+34 988223493

E-mailarq.prov.ourense@xunta.es

Websitehttp://arquivosdegalicia.xunta.es/portal/arquivo-historico-provincial-de-ourense/index.html

The Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense is the depository for the historical documents which make it possible to reconstruct of the history of Ourense. Since 1964 it has been housed in the former Episcopal Palace.

The area of Ourense was well known in Europe in the Middle Ages due to the wines produced in the Ribeiro region. This wine-growing activity to a great extent underpinned the local economy and the human communities which became established throughout the territory. The collections in the Provincial Historical Archive of Ourense are essential for an understanding of the society of peasants, monks and noblemen which grew up around the Ribeiro wine industry. 
 

Essential works

  • Certificate of arms and surnames of the Méndez family lineage © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Certificate of arms and surnames of the Méndez family lineage

    This certificate was used by the Méndez family to accredit its noble rank when it was called into question by the Council of Ourense in the late 16th century.

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  • Ordinance book from the city of Ourense © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Ordinance book from the city of Ourense

    This book contained the regulations issued by the council for the governance of the city, which make it possible to reconstruct the life in the town during part of the 16th century.

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  • Monastic cartulary belonging to the Boán family © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Monastic cartulary belonging to the Boán family

    This illustrates the process by which the Galician nobility –a social elite which in the 16th century played an important role in the history of Galicia– secured its advancement.

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  • Project for a vault © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Project for the vault in the sacristy in the abbey of the Santísima Trinidad in Ourense

    This design was for the purpose of extending one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the city of Ourense.

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  • Royal privilege from Alfonso XI © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Royal privilege with ring seal from Alfonso XI, regarding the monastery of Xunqueira de Ambía

    This document dating from 1316 confirms a diploma from 1150 granted by Alfonso VII permitting the installation in Xunqueira de Ambía of the regular canons of San Agustín, which would subsequently become the basis for the building of the town's magnificent Romanesque church which can still be seen today.

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  • Phlebotomy barber's diploma © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Phlebotomy barber's diploma

    This document provides information on the activities relating to this socio-sanitary profession during the Modern Era.

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  • Etching of the city of Ourense © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    General view of the city of Ourense

    This engraving offers evidence of the growth of the city of Ourense during the 20th century, when it began with 10,626 inhabitants in 1900 and had grown to 100,000 by the year 2000.

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