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24 de febrero de 2020

Church of El Salvador, Tirgo

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Churches and monasteries

Iglesia del Salvador (Tirgo)
  • Viticulture Sub-zones: Rioja Alta
  • Municipality: Tirgo
  • Province: La Rioja

Church of El Salvador, Tirgo

Location: in the center of Tirgo, 10 kilometers away from Haro and 50 km from Logroño.

The church of El Salvador, in Tirgo, is a small temple from the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, constructed in late Romanesque style. It has a single nave covered by a barrel vault and a beautiful semicircular apse, provided with three windows, which is partially hidden outside by a sacristy added much later.

The temple has two Romanesque portals with archivolts, both decorated with plant motifs.

Highlights include the capitals of the apse, among which there’s the figure of a naked woman with two snakes on her sides sucking her breasts, representing lust. On one side of the church there are some remains of a stone wall dating from the same age, so it is believed that the temple could once be protected within a small enclosure.

The church was declared a national monument in 1969.

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