Santa Trega

The first city

Gallaecian urban development

It is generally considered that during the Iron Age in the north-west we cannot affirm that urban development as such existed, but where Santa Trega is concerned, this assertion is not applicable. Here, after the 2nd century BCE, a complex organisation of space, with terracing, streets, cisterns and channels to divert rain water, was developed. The settlement was divided into neighbourhoods, or quarters, demarcated by internal walls where public and private spaces were distinguishable. All of these elements were planned before construction started, exploiting and transforming the mount’s natural contours.