Route of the Martyrs of Carral

In Galicia Pueblo a Pueblo (12), we are shown the route of the Martyrs of Carral, a route that we will try to comment on from Galicia Alive in the category Tourism. On this route of about 3 km, you can walk through the town of Carral following in the footsteps of the martyrs. Along this route you can see different places of interest in the town. Among them, the most relevant for this article is the tribute to those who promoted the Galician Liberal Revolution of 1846, the Martyrs of Carral. More info about this event at following links:


      • Carlist War I [Guerra Carlista I]
      • Political Instability: Multiple Governments
      • Constitution of 1837
      • Revolutions during the Regency of María Cristina
      • Revolutions during the Regency of Espartero
      • Moderate Decade
      • Revolutionary Boards in Galicia
      • Revolutions during the Reign of Elizabeth II
      • Constitution of 1845



The monument that Queen Isabell II herself had authorized with a budget of 120,000 reals of fleece, would not be made until 1898, the Galician Francisco Suárez Delgado, arrived from Buenos Aires, initiates the procedures to remember the Martyrs of Carral. It was paid for by popular subscription and promoted by the Liga Gallega da Cruña, linked to “A Cova Céltica”, a Carré Aldao bookstore. Work began on April 23, 1899 and was inaugurated on May 22, 1904, although other sources point to 1905 (4).

What is clear is that the monument was not raised in Santiago de Compostela as it had been published in the Royal Order, but in Carral.

The motto appears on the monument:

To the martyrs of freedom who died on April 26, 1846. Liga Gallega da Cruña.

During the beginning of the Second Republic of Spain (7), the municipal plenary session of April 29, 1931 approved the decision to give the name “Avenida de los Mártires de Carral” to the road between the Puente de Monelos and Alto de Eirís, by virtue of a proposal made by Julio Paradela, councilor elected in the April 14 elections (4). Also during this period a plaque with the names of those shot was placed next to the monument:

As a ratification to the memory of those hardworking men that next April 26, 2016 marks the 170th anniversary of this sad event.(4)


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