St. Mary in Reza

Ourense, Spain

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 origin, this parish church was later extensively renovated in the Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Of its Romanesque stonework there are still elements on the southern wall, especially in the corbels. These have geometric, vegetal and figurative motifs, among which a pig’s head and a human head are distinguished.

Inside, the Romanesque modillions that support the rostrum and the baptismal font were preserved.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Robert Raczka (6 months ago)
Special choir singing, special interior of church.
Anne Shaw (10 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral I go to Sunday Mass at 6.00 p.m. Wonderful choir and easy to listen to celebrants,not too long winded.
Simon Larsson (10 months ago)
Not the most beautiful of cathedrals, but there's a partly sculpted ceiling, mosaic floor, and a number of dedicated altars. I'd liked to have had more history on display for interested visitors, as this place appears to be first and foremost dedicated to worship.
Stíofán Mac Aogáin (11 months ago)
the only peaceful place in a dirty noisy capital.....I love the medieval feel to it.
Maria Mc Coy (2 years ago)
This is a great Cathedral to visit if you like looking at Cathedrals located in the heart of the city centre literally 2 mins from O'Connell St. There are some lovely masses held here at different times of the year the Irish/Latin ones are most popular with the President who arrives with Army outriders and a protection detail to protect them. (As if he/she'd come to any harm in Marlborough St!!) It is quite a sight to see redecorated not so long ago it is a beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral inside and out. And the most widely known one on the North side of Dublin - the other being the Protestant Christchurch Cathedral in the Liberties.
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