Ermita de San Baudelio, Berlanga de Duero

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The Hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga is an early 11th-century church at Caltojar in the province of Soria, Spain, 80 km south of Berlanga de Duero. It is an example of Mozarabic architecture and was built in the 11th century, in what was then the frontier between Islamic and Christian lands. It is dedicated to Saint Baudilus or Baudel.Wall paintingsThe hermitage housed many fine Romanesque frescoes from about 1125; most of these have been removed, but some have remained. Two sections, transferred to canvas, are now in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, showing the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem and the Wedding at Cana. Other sections, including the The Healing of the Blind Man and the Raising of Lazarus and The Temptation of Christ are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in the Prado. The paintings were done by the Catalan Master of Tahull (Taüll in Catalan), whose best known works are in Sant Climent de Taüll and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, with two other painters. The scenes of the Life of Christ are unusual in Spanish painting at this period; these are in American museums, while smaller elements including scenes of hunting and falconry and decorative copies of textiles are in Madrid as well as New York. The frescoes include that of a camel and of a war elephant, which were inspired by Muslim motifs.
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  • The Hermitage of San Baudelio is one of the most magical places of Castile, and hence of Spain. Is a shrine excavated in the rock alive and then built over this. Is difficult of describe if not is sees, has paintings Romanesque of the more ancient of Spain, a history of an expolio worthy of novel and an architecture quite peculiar. You have to see it!
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  • This Chapel while away from the civilization that is what saved it and a part in the prado Museum shows art of the first soy on the peninsula
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  • is a single shrine in the world already are rites Arabs and Christians in 10 square meters, I think it is a magical place where you can pray and find oneself and with the history of Castile and religions
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  • This small chapel is a place of East in the middle of the plateau, an unexpected and very different place. The large central column simulates a Palm tree and has spaces that resemble a mosque, and frescoes (which are) are impressive with his elephant and camel. To round off the visit, or prepare it, you can go to the center of interpretation of San Baudelio, in the nearby town of Berlanga de Duero. There you will find audiovisual, models and games for children about this Chapel.
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  • Beautiful place (3 stars) BUT no flash (normal to avoid degradation of the paintings), no tripods, average home and especially the "guide" who criticizes us with other people thinking that you do not speak Spanish... Shame because we understand...
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  • A true treasure, a treasure. Subjected to plundering and looting part of its murals, we can see them, a part, in the Museo del Prado and elsewhere is scattered by several U.S. museums. A large part of our history includes its walls.
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  • Absolutely unique place in Spain. A visit is a must if you're in the area, well, would have to go to see him exclusively. Small church that out does not seem anything but inside is a gem. Spectacular central spine-shaped Palm, fastened by a labyrinth of columns, a mysterious cave that would house some hermit... Part of the paintings were plundered and are in a room of El Prado that recreates the Church; elsewhere are in New York. The guard who monitors is a real expert and if there are few people and you interested is you loose tongue and it tells you all the mysteries, is in love with the place. A must-see.
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  • a very very special and magical place. Must have!
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