Asturias - Romanesque church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa

Church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa in Asturias

Asturias He is well known for his pre-Romanesque monumentsbut I will tell you that it also has many examples of Romanesque churches.

So I could see during one of my last trips that focused on the cultural heritage of Asturias, and during which I discovered the Romanesque church of San Juan de Amandi, in Villaviciosa, which I am talking about now.

Located in the Amandi neighborhood of this town that is the capital of the denominated, the church of San Juan de Amandi It is one of the best examples of Asturian Romanesque.

Church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa in Asturias

Yes well my Villaviciosa visit agreed that the temple was closed, I kept coming to see the outside of this beautiful church in which stands out the huge wooden porch which covers its west facades, where it is located at the entrance, and south.

The church of San Juan de Amandi, according to the documents found, it seems to have its origin in the pre-Romanesque era, but the building is a clear example of the Asturian Romanesque, with some details of the first Gothic.

Portico of the church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa in Asturias

The current building is from the first half of the 13th century, and has only one interior nave.

The aforementioned structure of the porch is from the 17th century, and is supported by several stone columns.

This porch covers the beautiful door of four Romanesque arches with capitals that show plant representations.

Cemetery next to the church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa

Outside also highlights the apse head, which seems to have been rebuilt in the 18th century to prevent its possible collapse due to deterioration.

In that area you will also find one of the most characteristic elements of Saint John of Amandi, how are the cinnamon sticks (stone roof supports) where human characters appear in an erotic attitude.

Canecillos in the church of San Juan de Amandi in Villaviciosa

From what I've been able to read, it's even more worth it see the interior of San Juan de Amandi, for the characteristics of its apse and for its many historical capitals, among which themes of the Old and New Testament, as well as profane and symbolic themes.

I certainly have pending return to Villaviciosa to see inside this Romanesque church.

The visiting hours of San Juan de Amandi They are, in July, August and September, from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Mondays are closed). And the rest of the year, Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 11.30 to 13.30 hours.

San Juan Amandi Pictures

Here you have more Photos of the Romanesque church San Juan de Amandi, which you can see in Villaviciosa, in the Cider Region from Asturias.



Video: Hotel La Casona de Amandi en Villaviciosa, Asturias (November 2019).