Light also has its history: A Fábrica da Luz
A Fábrica da Luz It is one of the first hydroelectric infrastructures built in Galicia. Taking us to the beginning of the 20th century, between the years 1914-1916, when "A canle vella" was built to channel the water from the Mao River and discharge it into what is known as A Fábrica da Luz. Becoming a technological, social and architectural milestone in the area.
The company that built it was called La Gallega, later becoming the property of Unión Fenosa. In times, it supplied electricity to Monforte and the capital of Ourense, as well as to the towns in this part of the Ribeira Sacra.
Its construction gave employment to a large number of residents of the parishes in the area, being fully operational until well into the 20th century. Falling into disuse after the construction of the "New channel", the new channeling that today downloads directly into the Sil. In 2011, at the initiative of the City Hall of Parada del Sil this is recovered Industrial Heritage to turn it into a place of leisure and training. This work was carried out by the Landscape Architect Isabel Aguirre, winner of the Manuel de Dehesa National Architecture Prize in 1997. Recovering this testimony of industrial culture to provide services of:
- Tourist Hostel
- multipurpose room
- Environmental Training
- Active Tourism Activities
This task is carried out by the Tempo Sacro Concession Company, whose mission is to contribute to the conservation, dissemination and enhancement of the heritage, cultural and environmental resources of the area.