Santa María de Piasca

Cabezón de Liébana, Spain

The first documentary reference to Santa María de Piasca is a donation from 930 making reference to a basilica just founded on the site. Little over a decade later, in 941, an agreement was recorded between 36 nuns and an unknown number of monks under an abbess Aylo, telling us that the monastery housed a community of both sexes. The monastery's dual character faced several oscillations, with the nuns leaving and returning twice. The archeological evidence of the original monastic buildings shows a small single nave church and separate spaces for the two groups.  

A foundation stone records that the current church on the site, the Romanesque edifice, was dedicated in 1172 under a prior Petrus Albus. By this point the monastery had been incorporated into the larger Cluniac monastery of San Facundo y Primitivo de Sahagún (in 1122) and brought under the Benedictine Rule. The inscription also names the master of the project as Covaterio. The church has two sculpted portals, the west and the south. The portals have most likely been somewhat reconstructed, possibly with elements exchanged between the two. The triple arcade on the west façade has obviously been renovated as the central sculpture of Mary is from the sixteenth century. The two apostles (Peter and Paul) to her sides may have originally flanked an image of Christ, forming, as Ruth Bartal suggests, an abbreviated apostolado.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Luis Afan (6 months ago)
Magnificent church. With a beautiful Romanesque facade. The environment of the place is spectacular
francisco fernandez (7 months ago)
If you like the Cantabrian Romanesque style, don't miss it !!
ISABEL DEFOIN VELA (8 months ago)
You go through an arch of a large house gate and you find a Romanesque beauty. A door with some very good reliefs and sculptural groups. We couldn't see inside. But only with the outside you have a good time looking at all reliefs, human figures, animals, fantastic, of trades. Very curious and many. The landscape and the environment full of flowers and very well cared for is a delight. Very very pretty.
CARLOS SÁIZ CARRIÓN (8 months ago)
Spectacular church in a privileged corner of Cantabria. NOTICE: to get to it you have to cross what looks like the patio of a private house, but you can pass without problem.
Timothy Price (5 years ago)
Cos it's got lovely legs...
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