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.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Jose Jose (2 years ago)
Es un lugar de visita obligada si vas a Benavente
Carlos Vicente Rubio (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)
Rolland K (4 years ago)
A beautiful Romanesque church that boasts nearly 1000 years of history.
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