Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Detail of the facade of the Church of Recimil (2003)

The facade of the new church of Recimil has unusual decoration. Over the doorway a mural shows a mediaeval knight, in armour and carrying a sword. An inscription tells us that it is King Fernando III of Castile, a hero of the time of the wars by the Christian kingdoms against the Arabs, and patron saint of military engineers. He is flanked by four angels, also armed with swords and shields. It almost seems to be a message to the residents of the new neighbourhood of Recimil, mostly workers in the shipbuilding industry, bearing in mind the magnitude of the repression carried out in those years.

Photograph by the author