Religious sites in Spain

Church of San Esteban de Aramil

The Church of San Esteban de Aramil is of the Romanesque style, popular between the 10th and 13th centuries, but the church itself cannot be dated more exactly. It was first mentioned in documents from 1240 concerning a donation of goods to the monastery of Valdediós by Alvar Diaz and his wife. There are two theories concerning its origin; one is that it is the last remaining remnant of a monastery and the other is that ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Pola de Siero, Spain

Bembrive Church

The small and beautiful Romanesque church in Bembrive presides this parish of Vigo since the 12th century and is one of the most significant examples of religious architecture in Vigo. This Romanesque church in Vigo was probably constructed over an ancient monastic temple, since the name of the church’s neighbourhood is Mosteiro (Monastery). The single nave church"s tympanum holds a beautiful Celtic cross. ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Vigo, Spain

San Pedro de Eslonza Monastery

The Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza is a former Benedictine monastery in Gradefes. Today in ruins, it was once the second most important monastery in the province, after the monastery of San Benito in Sahagún. It was founded in 912 by King García I of León, but was destroyed by the Moorish ruler Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir in 988; it was therefore rebuilt in 1099 by the Urraca of Zamora, daughter of Ferdinand I ...
Founded: 912 AD | Location: Gradefes, Spain

San Román de Moroso Hermitage

The hermitage of San Román de Moroso is a beautiful and genuine example of the Mozarabic art or Repopulation art in the region of Cantabria. This small hermitage erects in a remote gulley of the hills of Bostronizo. It scarcely reaches 12 metres long and six metres wide. Its dating is possibly from the 10th century, although there is not any document to confirm it. However, the first document that proves the existence of ...
Founded: 10th century AD | Location: Arenas de Iguña, Spain

The Abbey / La Abadia

The Abbey of Eskirotz and Ilarratz is on the World Heritage route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain at the foot of the Pyrenees. The parish church is known as the Church of St. Lucy (Santa Lucia), but collectively the buildings are listed as The Abbey of Eskirotz and Ilarratz (La Abadia de Eskirotz y Ilarratz). The Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago passes directly alongside the church. The building is one of some ...
Founded: Middle Ages | Location: Ilárraz, Spain

Church of Santo Adriano de Tuñón

The Church of Santo Adriano de Tuñón is located on the bank of the River Trubia, next to an old Roman road. Founded on January 24, 891, by Alfonso III of Asturias and his wife Jimena of Navarra as a monastery church, it went through large transformations at the beginnings of the 12th century. It was declared a Spanish national monument in June 1931. The church stands on a classic basilica ground plan, althoug ...
Founded: 891 AD | Location: Tuñón, Spain

Church of San Pedro de Plecín

Church of San Pedro de Plecín is a late Romanesque former parish church. It probably stands on an ancient pre-Christian place of worship and was built in the last quarter of the 12th century as a Romanesque chapel, or cella, of rectangular shape. The temple"s west side was expanded in the 13th century and renovated and equipped with a porch in the 15th century. In the 16th century, a funeral chapel was attached on ...
Founded: 12th century | Location: Peñamellera Alta, Spain

Santa Marina Church

Santa Marina Church has Gothic style apse and nave from the 13-14th centuries. It was enlarged in the 15th and 17th centuries.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Ampuero, Spain

San Sebastián de Hano

San Sebastián de Hano monastery was founded in 1441 in the small island on delta area. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and dissolved in 1835.
Founded: 1441 | Location: Escalante, Spain

Castro de Beiro Church

The village of Castro de Beiro, in the rural perimeter of Ourense, receives its name from an old pre-Roman settlement (castrum) on a promontory that would allow its inhabitants to have an advantageous position against attacks. On this promontory is the parish church of St. Andrew in Beiro, from which magnificent views of the surroundings can be seen. The temple falls within the so-called “classic” type of Galician Ro ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Beiro, Spain

Church of Santiago de Mens

Church of Santiago de Mens construction started in the 12th century. The small church was reduced in the 19th century. The exterior is built in Baroque style.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Mens, Spain

Church of Santa María de Junco

The Church of Santa María de Junco (Spanish: Iglesia de Santa María de Junco) is a Romanesque-style church located in the municipality of Ribadesella. A church at the site was erected in the early 13th century. The church was restored in the 16th century but damaged in the Spanish Civil War.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Ribadesella, Spain

Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Acebo

Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Acebo was built around a chapel with a putatively miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, depicting Our Lady of Virtues. It took only fifteen years to build since the first miracle (1575) took place; thus the sanctuary was completed in 1590.
Founded: 1575-1590 | Location: Cangas del Narcea, Spain

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción originates from the church of Santa Maria, which was built above the medieval mosque, near the town"s Alcazaba, after the area had been conquered by Ferdinand III of Castile. The edifice is in Gothic-Renaissance style, with ogival arcades and pillars attributed to Hernán Ruiz the Elder, Hernán Ruiz the Younger (1556) and Hernán Ruiz III. The Gothic cross-vault ceiling is the ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Bujalance, Spain

Benevívere Monastery

The Abbey of Santa Maria de Benevívere was ordered to be built in the twelfth century by Don Diego Martínez de Villamayor. He was a Castilian noble from the house of the counts of Bureba, who was very influential at court. He was the advisor of Alfonso VII and Sancho III, and treasurer of Alfonso VIII. After losing his wife he decided to retire and devote himself to the contemplative life. He laid the foundation of the ...
Founded: 1169 | Location: Carrión de los Condes, Spain

Church of San Miguel de Bárcena

The Church of the Monastery of San Miguel de Bárcena (Spanish: Iglesia del Monasterio de San Miguel) is a church located in Bárcena del Monasterio, Tineo, Asturias, Spain. The current building, formerly the church of the Monastery of San Miguel de Bárcena, dates from the 13th century. A 16th-century chapel is located on the building"s north side. There is a vestry and small domed apsidioles. Part of the ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Tineo, Spain

San Pedro and Víncula Church

Iglesia de San Pedro ad Víncula is a large church built between 1573 (the tower) and 1630 to the site of older Romanesque style church. The altarpiece dates from 1660-1670.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Liérganes, Spain

Quejana Monastery

Quejana Monastery was built in the late 14th century and consists of fortified palace of Ayala noble family, Dominican convent and the church.  There are tombs of Pedro López de Ayala and his wife Leonor de Guzmán. 
Founded: 14th century | Location: Ayala, Spain

St. Mary in Reza

The parish church of St. Mary in Reza occupies a privileged position on the slopes of Mount Santa Ladaíña, in a place with beautiful views over river Miño. It was already mentioned in documentation from the 13th century. The Cathedral’s Treasures collection preserves the Virgin of Reza, a polychrome wood carving also from the 13th century, which also contributes to dating this church. Although Romanesque in origi ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Ourense, Spain

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Construction works of the impressive church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción began in the early 16th century. It was built on a former castle, the walls of which can still be appreciated in the main portal. Its nave is extraordinarily high and has a hall plan. It is covered with ribbed vaults forming a star, which become even more intricate on their higher section, over the choir. Also worth mentioning is the access to ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Elvillar, Spain

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.