San Román Church

Toledo, Spain

The Iglesia de San Román is located in one of the highest and privileged places of Toledo. There is already documents of the parish in the 12th century and the church would be consecrated in 1221 by the archbishop Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada. The tradition indicates that in it was crowned king to Alfonso VIII of Castile the August 26 of 1166.

The church presents floor plan with three naves, separated by horseshoe arches with alfiz that support on pillars With Visigoth and Roman columns attached to capitels are reused from Visigothic origin in some cases, distinguishing themselves by its Corinthian leaves.

Throughout 13th century a new apse was constructed and the robust tower of Toledan Mudéjar style; In addition to being realized the murals to the fresco in Romanesque painting figurative combined with typically Mudéjar decorations. Of great beauty, these are considered the most southern of Spain. The frescoes are divided into two areas separated by inscriptions. They emphasize the four winged evangelists and the representations of archbishops, the saints Stephen and Lawrence, angels or the Final Judgment.

In the 16th century, Alonso de Covarrubias designed the apse with Plateresque dome of coffers in the main chapel; and later covered the paintings, which lost its traces until the first third of the 20th century in which these were rediscovered. It was not until the 1940s that these were recovered where possible.



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Founded: 1221
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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esther Nogueras Bascuñana (19 months ago)
Preciosa , recomendado si vas a venir a visitar Toledo
Salvador Moreno (20 months ago)
Se construyó en estilo mudéjar en el siglo XIII donde antes había una basílica visigótica y anteriormente un edificio romano. Tiene una estructura de tres naves cubiertas de madera, separadas entre sí por arcos de herradura sobre pilares de ladrillo a los que se adosan columnas de mármol coronadas por capiteles visigodos reaprovechados.
Edu Ruiz (21 months ago)
Es una iglesia visigoda de una belleza única en toledo, al menos de la época de la que hablamos. En el interior podemos encontrar un museo en el que están expuestos diversos objetos y réplicas de famosos tesoros, como el de Guarrazar, que son réplicas muy muy conseguidas y que son una maravilla de admirar, aunque sean solo eso, réplicas. A parte de estos, tenemos muchos objetos que son ejemplos de lo que era la sociedad en la época, el día a día... A mi personalmente me encantó la iglesia museo, pasa muy desapercibida ya que se encuentra en una zona poco transitada pero desde luego muy recomendable... la entrada es económica y gratuita para guías oficiales
Ana Isabel Rodríguez (2 years ago)
Para mi uno de los templos más bonitos de Toledo por las pinturas murales muy bien conservadas, y de los más originales de la ciudad por ello. Lo descubrí hace más de 30 años cuando casi nadie lo conocía y la entrada era gratis y siempre q voy a Toledo lo visito. Ahora está como museo.
Charlotte Richards (2 years ago)
This museum was definitely worth the 2€ admission price. There were barely any other tourists there, the staff were very nice, and the church itself was very beautiful. All of the signs were in Spanish, which wasn't the most helpful. And it was cold. But I still highly recommend it.
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