Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena, Cillorigo de Liebana

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena
4.5

4.5
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paloma393
Malaga, Spain7 contributions
Incredible surroundings
Jul 2021
Beautiful little church in an incredible area. One of the most ancienne churches in Spain. The guide is from the village and she has plenty of stories to share!
Written July 23, 2021
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PhilipyFelipe
St. Petersburg, FL70 contributions
9th Century pre-Romanesque
Sep 2017 • Friends
Wow. It claims to be the oldest pre-Romanesque monument in Cantabria. It's an amazing old church with moorish style arches, which is curious, because the Moors never reached this far themselves. The tour is only in Spanish, but they have placards to hand out in English. It's a very small, country attraction and you have to wait outside for the next tour to begin, but a great little find if you're in the Picos de Europa.
Written October 1, 2017
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Catharina50
Eindhoven, The Netherlands2,585 contributions
Beautiful little old church
Sep 2016 • Couples
To visit this lovely very early Christian church (Xth century) takes only a 1 km detour from the main route to Potes/Fuente De. It has mozarabic elements inside and out, and is unique as such in this Northern part of Spain. For a small fee you can visit the interior, which is wonderful. But it is frustrating that it is not allowed to take pictures (of course without flash): why is that?!
The free standing bell tower is of later age, as well as a small cemetry. Next to the church is century old olive tree, possibly dating back to the origins of the church. When walking around the church, unfortunately you notice a lot of litter, that requires cleaning up. Ample parking space. Suggested visiting time: 30 minutes.
Written October 15, 2016
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Przemysław W
Wroclaw, Poland19 contributions
Extraordinary building
Sep 2016 • Couples
This place is simply amazing, the altar, the sculptures, the pillars, even the smell tells you about amazing history of this place. You can't take photos, the ticket costs 1,5€, but you get the flyer telling about the church in many languages.
Written September 27, 2016
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Brian K
Washington DC, DC50 contributions
Extraordinary tenth century church
Aug 2016 • Family
An extraordinary beautiful church built in the 900's with Celtic and some moorish influences attributed to Christian craftsmen that fled the southern part of Spain that was under moorish rule. Only one of two of these type of Romanesque churches that remain in this part of Cantabria that abuts with Asturias.
The church is in great shape with loads of history. Tours were only conducted in Spanish and was worth the 1.5 Euro entrance fee.
Written August 18, 2016
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eyedeebees
Canterbury, UK107 contributions
What is their problem with photos?
Jul 2016 • Couples
This exceptional Mozarabic church is one of the most important remnants of this example of architecture in Europe. It is fabulous to visit but it would be reasonable to have a record of this. If the church were to produce its own photos or postcards that would be fine but to ban all photographs is nonsensical and completely ,frustrating.
If you visit the church for its carvings and architected tire,chick are stunning, you have to understand that you will have no record of your visit because of this shortsighted policy.
Instead of charging 2 Euros for entrance,ctheyvwould raise a lot more money for sustainability if they charged more and allowed tourists to make a record of their visit. Grrrr!
Most unimpressed.
Written July 18, 2016
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toniShanghai
shanghai705 contributions
beautiful small church
Jun 2016 • Couples
This is a lovely small church in a stunning area. We were given a booklet in English to take round with us and they have most other languages as well, somewhat of a rarity in Spain as many places seem to offer only Spanish text. It cost 2.5 Euro to look round for us it was worth it.
Written June 23, 2016
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Jac-and-Jek
Madrid, Spain1,072 contributions
Small but interesting
Oct 2015 • Couples
The church of Santa María de Lebeña is in the way between Potes and the coast in the Desfiladero de la Hermida, an amazing location and a thrilling driving. The church has some interesting Mozarabic elements in its construction providing a hint of the mix of styles and cultures that populated Spain during the Reconquista.
Written October 15, 2015
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adagio503
London65 contributions
Architectural gem
Aug 2014 • Couples
Beautiful and ancient church in the middle of the countryside in the foothills of the Picos. Not to be missed if you are in the area. As with many attractions in this part of Spain it seems, you are not allowed to take pictures inside. Can't see any good reason why not and it is very frustrating but still a wonderful experience to see a building as old and as special as this.
Written August 10, 2014
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