San Pedro Church

Ávila, Spain

Residing over Plaza del Mercado Grande, San Pedro projection is similar to that of the Basilica of San Vicente. The monarchs swore their respect for the charters of Castile in the atrium of the church, which underlines its importance during the period in which the town achieved its greatest relevance in the world of politics.

San Pedro has a Latin-cross layout with a central nave that is larger than the side naves. Its construction began in the second quarter of the 12th century and was completed in the 13th century after a period in which the work was stopped. The architecture and decoration shows an evolution of particular interest as a result of the delays in the construction work.

It has a triple upper end with an apse on each nave and a magnificent collection of sculptures showing plant, animal and geometric motifs and scenes from the Bible. The ceilings were covered with barrel and groined vaults in the 13th century. Over time, the arches became forerunners to those used in the Gothic period. Finally, a tower was built on the place where the central nave intersects with the transept.

The main front has two bodies: the upper body is dominated by a large rose window and the lower body has a porch in which the size of the entrance is magnified by six plain archivolts. The southern porch is similar but smaller in size. The northern entrance is more ornamental and moulded with five archivolts, two of which are decorated with typical Ávila-style rosettes.The interior stands out thanks to the panels distributed around the walls of the nave, the Renaissance-style altars and the altarpiece in the main chapel, together with its grilles.It was designated a National Monument in 1914.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Rafael Puñales (2 years ago)
Una joya del Románico español. Impresiona su fachada principal, con su austeridad arquitectónica y decorativa, pero deslumbrante en sus materiales constructivos. Orientada hacia el Oeste, y construida con piedra en tonos amarillos, se vuelve de un color dorado intenso cada atardecer de los días centrales del verano, para ofrecer una luz perfecta a cualquier fotógrafo con sensibilidad.
Marcos Rueda (2 years ago)
Preciosa iglesia en el centro de Ávila dedicada a San Pedro Apostol. Ubicada en la plaza de Santa Teresa es un templo románico dónde destaca un gran rosetón sobre la fachada. El conjunto está rodeado de un espacio ajardinado y enlosado. Ha sido declarado como Bien de Interés Cultural.
manu (2 years ago)
Visitando la iglesia (me gustó), fuera del horario de cultos, y cerca del altar se acercó el que parecía sacristán y me dijo a mí (habían otros turistas) qué era lugar de oración y qué no debía estar ahí, le contesté que mi mujer estaba arrodillada a mi lado con sus oraciones y que yo no era creyente pero estaba guardando respeto hacía quien lo fuera. Me contestó que no siendo creyente debía abandonar el templo. Y ante mí pregunta del porqué esa intransigencia, incomprensiblemente me amenaza con llamar a la policía sino abandono el lugar, cosa que hice para no levantar más escàndalo del promovido por ese individuo. Impresentable personaje indigno de estar en una iglesia.
Rodrigo Luis Silva (2 years ago)
Beautiful place
Denis Fabian Mironica (3 years ago)
Nice arquitecture!
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