Church of Santiago de Gobiendes

Colunga, Spain

Saint James of Gobiendes (Iglesia de Santiago de Gobiendes) is a Roman Catholic pre-romanesque church, located in Gobiendes, next to Colunga. It was built during the reign of Alfonso II of Asturias, its structure is typical of pre-romanesque Asturian architecture. It underwent through an important remodeling in 1853, being further restored in 1946 and in 1983.



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Colunga, Spain
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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José Julio Melgares (4 months ago)
In the vicinity of the church there is an epigraph that explains its history: "The church of Gobiandes belongs to the select cast of monuments of Asturian pre-Romanesque art, in an early medieval style of architecture with splendidly preserved elements and closely linked to the origin of the Kingdom of Asturias. It has a basilica plan with three naves divided into four sections and covered with wood; the naves are separated by square pillars with imposts that support semicircular arches made of brick. The head is straight with three vaulted chapels with barrels, of which the central one has disappeared, which preserves fragments of the arches that ran along its walls (the current one, of excessive proportions, is the product of a remodeling). The columns of the headboards are decorated with capitals with Asturian motifs: ropes and acanthus leaves. Its original pre-Romanesque structure currently presents greatly modified both its external appearance and the interior vision of its head. In the 19th century a rebuilding of the church was carried out, the product of which are the main chapel, the sacristy of the south wall, the body of the belfry and the portico that surrounds the eastern and southern facades. From the pre-Romanesque period, the mullioned window of the south wall is preserved, on which the rebuilding date, several capitals and remains of the other window were inscribed. It was restored between 1985 and 1987 by the Government of the Principality of Asturias. It was declared a National Monument on June 3, 1991. "
Pilar Galones Santamaria (5 months ago)
Beautiful Loroñe town before reaching the Fito viewpoint .....
Paz Cruz Hernandez (5 months ago)
The landscape is very beautiful and has unbeatable views.
Jose Luis Castaño (5 months ago)
It is in a beautiful setting, overlooking the river and the sea. It is next to the sueve museum and its parking lot. They have bicycles for rent and all in a very quiet environment two minutes from the beach.
J L Rodríguez (6 months ago)
Late pre-Roman church 10th century. It is made up of three naves. It has some pretty stained glass. It was reformed in the 19th century. The stone of the low walls was covered with little success. It has a stoned floor making geometric drawings. From the outside nothing is seen from the inside. There are guided tours in the summer for € 2.50 tickets purchased at the Sueve Interpretation Center. A building on the right 100 meters before the church. Where there is ample parking. Good views of the coast, the Gobiendes palace and a small, easy and flat route to the Obaya spring.
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