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Church of the Holy Saviour of Priesca
Iglesia de San Salvador de Priesca (Spanish)
Basic information
Location Spain Villaviciosa, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°29′6.5″N 5°21′31.3″W / 43.485139°N 5.358694°W / 43.485139; -5.358694Coordinates: 43°29′6.5″N 5°21′31.3″W / 43.485139°N 5.358694°W / 43.485139; -5.358694
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Asturias
Year consecrated 921
Ecclesiastical status Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Pre-Romanesque

The Church of the Holy Saviour of Priesca (Spanish: Iglesia de San Salvador de Priesca) is a Roman Catholic pre-romanesque church, located in Priesca, next to Villaviciosa, Asturias. Only a few kilometres from the Church of San Salvador de Valdediós, it is the last building of Asturian architecture that has survived until now.

Architecture

With Alfonso III dead and the kingdom of Asturias divided among his sons, Asturian pre-romanesque architecture entered its last stage. Consecrated on September 24, 921, it has the architectural and decorative reference of the model laid down by the Church of San Julián de los Prados.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, it underwent several reconstructions, altering especially the structures adjoining the vestibule, by communicating them with the side aisles. In 1936, during the Spanish civil war, the original roof burned but it kept most of its sculptured decoration and original paintings.

References

  • Dodds, Jerrilynn (1990). Architecture and Ideology in Early Medieval Spain. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0271013257.  
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