This hermitage or monastery was supposedly built in the first part of the 12th century. it became important fairly quickly and its good fortune seems to have caused its downfall, as the members of the religious order of San Benito became interested in wealth. As the church's power declined, the hermitage came to depend on the stronger Sobrado dos Monxes. Deterioration of the original construction gradually affected the place of worship, and in 1835 the desamortización of religious property by Mendizábal was the final blow the San Xusto.
Today the spot is still visited and is accompanied by a white yet not overly large cascade whose waters glow white among green foliage in some spots. It is a place to sit and listen to the flowing stream, surrounded by laurels - lovers of moist, shady areas. The Romanesque cloister was long ago removed to a church in Noia, about 20 km away. The way down to San Xusto is a bit steep and one has to leave the car on a busy road, so walk carefully. Across the way - if one dares to cross on foot - there is an 18th century cruceiro or Galician stone cross.
Toxos outos means high toxos or gorse. These spiny plants have a long history and many uses in Galicia, from making brooms to homemade liqueur. Not hard to figure out how the name originated, in this lush area.
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