|A monk strains to support an arch in the Church of the Nativity.|
All photos in this post 2017 Jessica Knauss.
Arteguías is a Spanish endeavor dedicated to medieval art. They publish books and present lectures on art history, make architectural models, and conduct minutely detailed guided tours of sites no other tourism company would even know about, much less consider visiting.
|Looking toward the foot of the church.|
Note the amazing ceiling and the baptismal font at back.
|Everyone on this tour was almost as excited as I was!|
You, dear blog reader, are lucky because I'm going to share the best parts of that trip with you, and you don't have to spend money on travel, or a hotel in Madrid, or anything.
The distinctive bell gable is a Baroque addition. That's all we have to say about that. The Baroque period has its place, but not on this tour.
The Romanesque part of the building still has impressive dimensions and must've drawn a congregation from many surrounding towns. The original building had a characteristic semicircular apse, which was covered up by the cross-shaped sacristy at a later date.
|All the wooden planks are meant to be "read" from right to left.|
This one shows uncertain Biblical scenes.
|This fragment probably once showed a spectacular Crucifixion.|
|David lifts an imaginary child by the |
armpits into the baptismal font.
Armed with more new knowledge than I ever expected so early in the day, we were then off to see the medieval treasures of Ayllón.