Thursday, May 14, 2015

Iglesias Romanicas

On Tuesday afternoon we visited three different churches around the city of Segovia. The first was the Monasterio de San Antonio el Real, a Gothic church built in 1455 under Enrique IV.  In 1488, Queen Isabella dedicated the church for the residence and use of a group of cloistered nuns, Las Hermanas Clarisas. It still serves as a convent for a small number of cloistered nuns today.

The second church was the Iglesia de Los Santos Justo y Pastor.  It is a very small Omanesque church, built in the late 12th century, with only one nave area for an altar. However, this church is unique because of the murals that depict Biblical scenes that cover the walls and ceiling of the nave at the alter of the church. The murals had actually been painted over I subsequent years, but luckily these were discovered. We spent sometime deciphering the various images: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, the Last Supper.

The final church we visited, San Millán, is also built in Romanesque style. However, this church had three front Naves, the center of which was the largest, with smaller ones on each side.  This church also had courtyards on the South side of the building because it was often used as a sunny meeting place for the people of Segovia.

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