Santa María del Azogue

Benavente, Spain

Santa María del Azogue is a Romanesque church of the 12th century with Latin cross floor plan, five apses, three naves, and large cross with four ogive vaults. The two facades of the cross have a pair of doors that are similar.Images of evangelists are used to decorate it.Inside there are Gothic sculptures from the 12th century out of which of note is the group of the Anunciación whose polychromy is still preserved today.The pillars of the church are varied and have decorative motifs based on double zig-zag and small lines of leaves.



Your name

Website (optional)


Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

More Information


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Jose Jose (20 months ago)
Es un lugar de visita obligada si vas a Benavente
Carlos Vicente Rubio (20 months ago)
Sorprendente No esperaba encontrar una iglesia tan grande y con tanta belleza en Benavente. Es verdaderamente peculiar porque constituye una curiosa mezcla de estilos arquitectónicos. Tiene románico con unas preciosas capillas adosadas en la nave principal; tiene una fachada o puerta principal neoclasica que quizá sea un poco extraña, muy blanca y que no parece conjuntar demasiado con lo demás, y una torre de gótica verdaderamente peculiar porque parece más propia de la zona de Flandes que de Castilla, y está rematada con un pinaculo tipo herreriano no que no sé exactamente cómo acabó coronando la torre. En dos de los accesos me sorprendió la riqueza de los grabados de las arquivoltas, una con una decoración francamente peculiar que no había visto nunca, cómo con forma de bocas e alicates. El interior es grandioso con una notable altura y unos arcos que se cruzan muy bonitos y bellamente trabajados. También destacan unas columnas decoradas con unos motivosde que tampoco había visto nunca. Por todo ello, merece la pena la visita que además es gratis, lo que es de agradecer.
Olga Maria Ropero (22 months ago)
Es una iglesia preciosa y en el interior hay tallas de gran belleza y calidad artística . Hay una imagen de la Virgen que pasa casi inadvertida en la Capilla del Nazareno. Es una Inmaculada bellísima, a la derecha del altar. Merece la pena entrar a verla y, para los que sean creyentes, rezar junto a ella. En general es una iglesia en la que hay un ambiente muy propicio para la oración.
Sergio Mijares (23 months ago)
Rolland K (3 years ago)
A beautiful Romanesque church that boasts nearly 1000 years of history.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Luxembourg Palace

The famous Italian Medici family have given two queens to France: Catherine, the spouse of Henry II, and Marie, widow of Henry IV, who built the current Luxembourg palace. Maria di Medici had never been happy at the Louvre, still semi-medieval, where the fickle king, did not hesitate to receive his mistresses. The death of Henry IV, assassinated in 1610, left the way open for Marie's project. When she became regent, she was able to give special attention to the construction of an imposing modern residence that would be reminiscent of the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, where she grew up. The development of the 25-hectare park, which was to serve as a jewel-case for the palace, began immediately.

The architect, Salomon de Brosse, began the work in 1615. Only 16 years later was the palace was completed. Palace of Luxembourg affords a transition between the Renaissance and the Classical period.

In 1750, the Director of the King's Buildings installed in the wing the first public art-gallery in France, in which French and foreign canvases of the royal collections are shown. The Count of Provence and future Louis XVIII, who was living in Petit Luxembourg, had this gallery closed in 1780: leaving to emigrate, he fled from the palace in June 1791.

During the French Revolution the palace was first abandoned and then moved as a national prison. After that it was the seat of the French Directory, and in 1799, the home of the Sénat conservateur and the first residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, as First Consul of the French Republic. The old apartments of Maria di Medici were altered. The floor, which the 80 senators only occupied in 1804, was built in the middle of the present Conference Hall.

Beginning in 1835 the architect Alphonse de Gisors added a new garden wing parallel to the old corps de logis, replicating the look of the original 17th-century facade so precisely that it is difficult to distinguish at first glance the old from the new. The new senate chamber was located in what would have been the courtyard area in-between.

The new wing included a library (bibliothèque) with a cycle of paintings (1845–1847) by Eugène Delacroix. In the 1850s, at the request of Emperor Napoleon III, Gisors created the highly decorated Salle des Conférences, which influenced the nature of subsequent official interiors of the Second Empire, including those of the Palais Garnier.

During the German occupation of Paris (1940–1944), Hermann Göring took over the palace as the headquarters of the Luftwaffe in France, taking for himself a sumptuous suite of rooms to accommodate his visits to the French capital. Since 1958 the Luxembourg palace has been the seat of the French Senate of the Fifth Republic.