Santa Cristina de Lena Church

Lena, Spain

St Christine of Lena is an Asturian pre-Romanesque church located in the Lena municipality, on an old Roman road that joined the lands of the plateau with Asturias.

The church has a different ground plan to Pre-Romanesque's traditional basilica. It is a single rectangular space with a barrel vault, with four adjoining structures located in the centre of each facade. The first of these annexes is the typical Asturian Pre-Romanesque vestibule, with a royal tribune on the upper part, accessed via a stairway joined to one of the walls. To the east is the enclosure with the altar, with a single apse, foregoing the traditional Asturian pre-romanesque triple apse, and going back to Visigoth influences. To the north and south respectively, there are two other enclosures through semicircular arches and barrel vaults, whose use was associated with the Hispano-Visigothic liturgy practised in Spain up to the 11th century.

One of the most particular elements of Santa Cristina de Lena is the existence of the presbytery elevated above floor level in the last section of the central nave, separated from the area intended for the congregation by three arches on marble columns. This separation, which appears in other Asturian churches, is not repeated in any other with a similar structure. Both the lattices over the arches and the wall enclosing the central arch were re-used from Visigothic origins in the 7th century.

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Founded: 852 AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Eric Sims (8 months ago)
Beautiful church
Vladimir Titin (9 months ago)
Clear and small example of Asturian pre-Romanesque. Privileged location in a beautiful setting. World Heritage. It is advisable to park in the nearby parking lot on the road and walk along the dirt road, it is about 500m. They are € 2 to enter and the very friendly lady explains a little about the interior. Photos can be taken.
Roger Smith (2 years ago)
Authentic unspoiled beautiful
Roger Smith (2 years ago)
Authentic unspoiled beautiful
Josefina Riesco (2 years ago)
Simply awesome! Worth a visit
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