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24 de febrero de 2020

Church of San Esteban, Ábalos


Churches and monasteries

Iglesia de San Esteban (Ábalos, La Rioja)
  • Viticulture Sub-zones: Rioja Alta
  • Municipality: Ábalos
  • Province: La Rioja

Church of San Esteban, Ábalos

Location: in the center of Abalos, 30 kilometers away from Logroño, 14 km from Haro and 12 km from Laguardia.

The church of San Esteban, in Abalos, boasts one of the best portals of Catholic Monarchs style in the region. Placed beneath a large arch on the main façade, it includes a set of statues in niches, a beautiful clover-shaped pediment and various decorative motifs and statues.

The building was constructed in ashlar masonry in the sixteenth century and has a single nave. The tower is Baroque, dating from the first half of the eighteenth century. The galleries located above the arch of the portal date from the same time.

Inside, the church has ribbed vaults and a spectacular Renaissance altarpiece from the mid-sixteenth century. It is usually attributed to Juan de Beaugrant’s studio, although there is no documentary evidence of it. The choir stalls are also remarkable. Carefully carved, they date from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century and came from the nearby monastery of La Estrella, in San Asensio.

The church was declared a national monument in 1973.

It is worth visiting the entire village, which has various mansions of ashlar masonry with coats of arms in their façades. Within a radius of about three kilometers there are four hermitages (although three of them are in ruins), and some beautiful countryside sceneries.

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