Church of San Juan de Berbío

Piloña, Spain

The Church of San Juan de Berbío probably belonged to the monastery founded by Alfonso V in 1005; the Infanta Doña Urraca donated it to the Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza in 1099.

The structure went through several redesigns in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The most extensive was in the eighteenth century, which added square heads and porch trim. Of the original Romanesque design, all that remains are the basic building layout, the western facade double archivolt and bows and starts from the original facade. Until 1892, it was the parish church for Infiesto.

The church was destroyed by fire in 1936, during the Civil War, in which the eighteenth-century altarpiece was also burned.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Jorge Suárez Carbajal (12 months ago)
The church of San Juan de Berbío in Infiesto, council of Piloña (Asturias, Spain), belonged to the monastery possibly founded by Alfonso V in 1005 and donated by the Infanta Doña Urraca to the abbot and convent of San Pedro de Eslonza de León in the year 1099. It underwent successive reforms in the 15th-16th centuries, the most important being that of the 18th century, which configured its current structure with a square chevet and perimeter portico. From its primitive Romanesque factory, it preserves the configuration of the plan, the western double archivolt portal and the arches and starts of the original roof. Until 1892 it was the parish church1 of Infiesto. The temple was destroyed in 1936, and the 18th century altarpiece was also burned.
Mercedes Herrero (2 years ago)
Nice and well preserved
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Piloña Tierra de Asturcones (5 years ago)
Romanesque Church that was declared a Site of Cultural Interest with a Monument category in 1993.
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