Church of Santa Maria de Arbas

Villamanín, Spain

Church of Santa Maria de Arbas is a good example of late León romanesque, built during the 12th and 13th centuries. It once belonged to the regular order of Saint Agustin. The church has three naves and four pillars supporting the round arches that separate the naves.

It was officially founded in the 12th century by the Count Fruela, El Cid's brother in law.It was ruled as a Colegiata (Collegiate Church) and a Hospedería (Hostelry) by the Augustine monks.As a result of its decline, it became a simple parish church. It was restored after the Civil War. The building consists of fine grey limestone blocks. The gothic chapel was added later, in the 12th century. The sacristy, the tower, the portico and the vaulting of the main nave date from the 17th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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juan luis Mayo (4 months ago)
Un sitio que trasmite mucha paz. Si pasáis por delante de ella no dudéis en parar y visitarla.
Miguel Sá (4 months ago)
Muito abandono
El Ave (5 months ago)
It's been many years since I've been here and I hadn't seen it open, it gave me great satisfaction to be able to visit it, it's wonderful to take care of
A.K.A Pope (6 months ago)
Very pretty, above all because of how close it is to Ezequiel, the best restaurant in Castilla y Leon
LA NENA VIAJERA (6 months ago)
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