Collegiate Church of San Pedro de Cervatos

Campoo de Enmedio, Spain

The Collegiate church of San Pedro de Cervatos was built around 1129. The main entrance of the church is framed by a series of archivolts. The tympanum is profusely carved with vegetal motifs that are reminiscent of Al-Andalus art. The tympanum is supported by two superposed lintels. The one above is decorated with six lions while the one below with a vegetable motif. The archivolts are plain and stand on capitals decorated with animals and birds.

The doorway is protected by a cornice sustained by corbels carved with figures of dancers, monkeys and other fantastic creatures. Between the brackets, the metopes have also been sculpted with images of animals, birds and strange characters.

On the right hand side of the doorway an inscription in Latin states that the church was built around the year 1129. A second inscription, also in Latin, explains that it was consecrated to Saint Peter in the year 1199 by bishop Marin, while he was abbot Marin.

The exterior of the apse shows a great variety of sculptural motifs both in the windows as well as in the brackets under the cornice. Many of these sculptures depict explicit sexual images, which was not unusual in Romanesque Art.

The interior consists of a single nave covered with gothic vaults. Only the head of the church retains the original Romanesque elements. The interior of the apse is decorated with an arcade of round arches that stand on sculpted capitals, the whole inspired by the art of Cluny. The capitals are decorated with either vegetable designs or figurative motifs such as fantastic animals and birds.

The bell toward was built at a later stage than the church, probably towards the end of the 12th century, around the time it was consecrated by bishop Marin.

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Founded: 1129
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Luis Lumilaro (4 years ago)
Romanesque out of the norm, with fabulous decoration in its corbels. A special jewel.
Jose Alberto Val Gonzalez (4 years ago)
In Cantabria, near the province of Palencia, we can enjoy this Romanesque building.
Alicia jauregui garcia (4 years ago)
A must-see collegiate church, it has the largest amount of Romanesque sexual figures I have ever seen, it is very well preserved / restored. The town is very beautiful, the paved ground, there is a very curious fountain and it has a bar run by volunteers from the town, if it is closed ask questions and they open it to you, SUPER FRIENDLY people. Thank you!!!!
Joxean Kortazar (4 years ago)
Erotic Romanesque. Always closed, a shame.
quelalvarez Álvarez (4 years ago)
Curious collegiate church with very explicit erotic motifs. A real discovery
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