San Román de Moroso Hermitage

Arenas de Iguña, Spain

The hermitage of San Román de Moroso is a beautiful and genuine example of the Mozarabic art or Repopulation art in the region of Cantabria. This small hermitage erects in a remote gulley of the hills of Bostronizo. It scarcely reaches 12 metres long and six metres wide. Its dating is possibly from the 10th century, although there is not any document to confirm it. However, the first document that proves the existence of the monastery of Moroso is of 1119, the year in which the queen Doña Urraca donates the property to the monastery of St. Domingo de Silos.

It is a construction of regular proportions and perfect adaptation to its volumes. The building, gabled, is made of ashlar stone with pieces well squared in corners and jambs of the spans, put together with mortar. The apse is quadrangular and the gable finishes off a bell gable of later construction. The eaves stands up with foiled modillions decorated with swastikas, sun disks and four and six petal flowers. The origin of the vegetal motifs as well as the geometrical ones were profane representations though christianized later by the Visigoths and finally adopted by the Mozarabics. The inside is formed by a single rectangular and remarkably high nave with wooden frame.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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marijo juer (2 years ago)
A unique and unrepeatable site, It is worth going through the roads to him.
MJOSE S G (2 years ago)
magical site
Carlos Gómez (2 years ago)
It is a very easy excursion to go with even small children, it is a total of 7.5 km between round trip. You can bring sandwiches and drinks to spend the day there, since the place is very nice and there is a lot of shade, the only drawback is that the one way is downhill and the return will consequently be uphill. Of course it is for walking as the road is rough and not suitable for normal vehicles. In addition, you will go through a very beautiful oak forest area
jose javier delgado cendejas (2 years ago)
The place where it is located is charming. Jewel of Mozarabic art
Juan Carlos Udías (2 years ago)
The hermitage is small and compact, made of ashlar masonry. It is Mozarabic in style, of which there are only three in Cantabria. The best thing about your visit is the environment that surrounds it, a forest with oak, beech, chestnut trees and a stream a few meters away. The access road is in very bad condition so I recommend walking the last kilometer and a half. The ascent to the Monte Brazo refuge is difficult and it is best to go by jeep, but you can also go up very carefully with a normal car.
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