Religious sites in Spain

Santa María Church

Santa María de Bareyo was originally founded in the ninth century, along with many similar institutions as part of the Asturian kingdom"s repopulation efforts. The Romanesque structure was likely built in the late twelfth century. Though there have been numerous later additions, greatly changing the edifice"s exterior appearance, the choir, transept, lantern tower, and baptismal font are original.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Bareyo, Spain

San Nicolás Church

San Nicolás church stands in the suburb of the same name outside the walls, a medieval quarter inhabited by Christians and dedicated to agriculture and sheep farming. It also had a large number of Mudejar residents. It was built in Caleno granite in the late-Romanesque style of Ávila between the second half of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th. The upper end and porches remain from the original construction ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Ávila, Spain

Santa María de Celón Church

The Church of Santa María de Celón is a Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic parish church in the diocese of Celón in the municipality of Allande. It was built in the early 12th century and contains frescoes from the 16th century.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Allande, Spain

Nuestra Señora del Soto Monastery

Nuestra Señora del Soto convent was built in 1608 on old Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Its main virtue are the altarpieces kept in its interior, an collection of Baroque style works of which the main altarpiece from late 17th century representing a Gothic image of the patron of Toranzo, the Virgin of El Soto stands out. The fundamental features of this convent were made by architects such as Fray Lorenzo de Jorganes ...
Founded: 1608 | Location: Santiurde de Toranzo, Spain

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación of Gazólaz, located in the village of Gazólaz, municipality of Cizur, is a romanesque church built at the start of the 13th century. The church was built by the architects of the Order of San Juan. Historians claim that Pedro Ximénez who was the bishop of Pamplona from 1242 to 1266 ordered its construction.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Cizur, Spain

San Salvador de Lérez Monastery

The Monastery of San Salvador or San Benito de Lérez was founded in the 10th century by Benedictine monks. The present church is Neo-Classical with an 18th-century Baroque façade, where the image of St. Benedict can be seen in a niche. Adjoining the southern wall, one wing of the 16th-century cloister is still standing. Some of the blocks in this wall show tomb engravings and Roman inscriptions, dating from the original ...
Founded: 10th century AD | Location: Pontevedra, Spain

San Francisco Monastery

The convent of San Francisco was built during the 15th century to 18th century in Renaissance and Baroque style. Today it contains the Municipal Historical Archives and Iberoamerican Library.
Founded: 15th century | Location: Moguer, Spain

San Andrés Church

Iglesia de San Andrés is a 12th-century, Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic church established in 1189.
Founded: 1189 | Location: Valdebárcena, Spain

San Martín de Escoto Church

San Martín de Escoto church apparently became linked to an adjacent Benedictine nunnery was once located on the church grounds. It was rebuilt in the 16th century.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Parres, Spain

San Pedro Church

San Pedro is a Romanesque-style church in the Mestas de Con neighborhood of Cangas de Onís. It was built in the 13th century and restored in 15th and 16th centuries. The frescoes date from the 18th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Cangas de Onís, Spain

Santo Domingo Monastery

Santo Domingo Monastery in Archidona was founded in 1531 by the count of Ureña. The Renaissance style building is today used as a school.
Founded: 1531 | Location: Archidona, Spain

San Andrés Church

San Andrés Church in Cotillo was built in Romanesque style in the 12th century. It has been enlarged later.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Anievas, Spain

Church of San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista

St. John Apostle and Evangelist (Iglesia de San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista) is a Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque church situated in Santianes de Pravia. The church contains a foundation stone in the form of a letter labyrinth ('Silo Princeps Fecit') that records the 8th-century founding of the church by King Silo of Asturias. The inscription Silo princeps fecit singularly combined in fifteen horizonta ...
Founded: 774-783 AD | Location: Pravia, Spain

Church of Santa María de Villanueva

The Church of Santa María de Villanueva is a Romanesque-style parish church in the diocese of Villanueva, in the municipality of Teverga. While elements including the sculpted capitals of the internal column-pilasters flanking the nave date to prior to the 12th-century, the church has undergone subsequent refurbishments.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Teverga, Spain

Convento de Santa Dorotea

The Convento de Santa Dorotea is an Augustinian nun"s convent in Burgos. It is a Gothic construction, and dates back to 1387, when Dorotea Rodriguez Valderrama, along with other devout women formed a nun"s community at the old church of Santa Maria la Blanca. The community adopted the rule of St. Augustine in 1429 with the support of Bishop Pablo de Santamaría. In 1457 they moved to the church of San Andrés, u ...
Founded: 1387 | Location: Burgos, Spain

Monastery of Santa María de Aciveiro

Monastery of Santa María de Aciveiro is a gem of Romanesque architecture, built in 1135 under the patronage of Galician King Alfonso VII and incorporated into the Cistercian Order around 1170. It was carefully restored with full respect to the original structure. Following the Cistercian layout, all rooms are organised around a cloister combining impeccable history, warmth and functionality: kitchen, refectory, scriptori ...
Founded: 1135 | Location: Forcarei, Spain

Santa María de Sandoval Monastery

Santa María de Sandoval Monastery was built on land donated in 1142 by Alfonso VII to Count Pedro Ponce de Minerva and his wife Estefanía Ramírez. After receiving numerous donations and possessing extensive territories, it entered decadence in the fifteenth century. In 1592 and 1615 it was grass of the flames, reason for which it had to be rebuilt. The permanence of the monks remained until 1835, date in which the exc ...
Founded: 1142 | Location: Mansilla Mayor, Spain

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oro

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oro is a place of worship in the Zuia Valley of northern Spain. It is about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) from Murgia, in the center of the valley.  The first known document mentioning it dates to 1138. Local archeologists conducted four excavations from 1964 to 1967, and found evidence of human habitation in three eras. The oldest dates to the late Bronze Age (850-700 BC). A later community inhab ...
Founded: 11th century | Location: Murgia, Spain

San Antolín de Toques Church

According several professionals San Antolín de Toques is one of the oldest churches in Galicia, built probably in the 10th century. The first document of church dates from 1067. The restored interior has frescoes from the 16th century.
Founded: 10th century AD | Location: Toques, Spain

Santa Catalina Monastery

Santa Catalina Monastery construction started in in 1393, in a Romanesque style when Gothic standards were already taking hold. With Mendizábal"s disestablishment (1837) the Franciscans were obliged to abandon the monastery, and the building"s ownership and management passed to the army until the year 2000. The monastery has two cloisters, the best conserved of which is in Renaissance style. The church was mod ...
Founded: 1393 | Location: Ares, Spain

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Seaplane Harbour Museum

The Seaplane Harbour is the newest and one of the most exciting museums in Tallinn. It tells stories about the Estonian maritime and military history. The museum’s display, that comprises of more than a couple of hundred large exhibits, revitalizes the colourful history of Estonia.

British built submarine Lembit weighing 600 tones is the centrepiece of the new museum. Built in 1936 for the Estonian navy, Lembit served in the World War II under the Soviet flag. It remained in service for 75 years being the oldest submarine in the World still in use until it was hauled ashore in 2011. Despite its long history, Lembit is still in an excellent condition offering a glimpse of the 1930s art of technology.

Another exciting attraction is a full-scale replica of Short Type 184, a British pre-World War II seaplane, which was also used by the Estonian armed forces. Short Type 184 has earned its place in military history by being the first aircraft ever to attack an enemy’s ship with an air-launched torpedo. Since none of the original seaplanes have survived, the replica in Seaplane Harbour is the only full-size representation of the aircraft in the whole World.

Simulators mimicking a flight above Tallinn, around-the-world journey in the yellow submarine, navigating on the Tallinn bay make this museum heaven for kids or adventurous adults.

Seaplane Harbour operates in architecturally unique hangars built almost a century ago, in 1916 and 1917, as a part of Peter the Great sea fortress. These hangars are the World’s first reinforced concrete shell structures of such a great size. Charles Lindbergh, the man who performed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, landed here in 1930s.

On the outdoor area visitors can tour a collection of historic ships, including the Suur Tõll, Europe's largest steam-powered icebreaker.