Colegiata de San Martin de Elines, San Martin de Elines

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  • Just to see it on the outside, it is worth approaching. It has a bar in the plaza in front but not serve meals.
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  • When one delves into the Valderredible-Cantabria region, as we made our way to the Rock-Hewn Churches, the landscape becomes impressive beauty embedded between large walls and limestone cliffs on the banks of the Ebro. But what most impresses the traveler is, when after a curve, almost without warning, and unexpectedly, it appears the superb picture of the head of a monastic Church, which one learns that it has acquired the rank of Collegiate Church. We speak of SAN MARTÍN DE ELINES, building that history has given different destinations: initially belonged to a 10th century Mozarabic monastery (is some rest in the cloister), then it became a collegiate church, and later parish. The temple is of a ship with presbytery and apse, with a little usual belfry cylindrical (resembling some San Martín of Frómista and others to transpirenaicas churches). And one it includes stately and slender among the green meadow. There is a small cloister at the foot of the temple with large columns which was reconstructed with material reused in the 16TH century. The Church probably belong to the first decades of the 12TH century and, therefore, should be framed in the years of the Romanesque. And inside two protagonists: at the architectural level, the semicircular arch, because countless las arquerías exterior and Interior; in the flat sculpture, the protagonist is the lion, which is shown in several of the symbolic meanings that Romanesque employed habitually in Elines. Because what one feels, without being an expert in history or art, to contemplate San Martín de Elines, it is harmony and rhythm. And many special features, as its capitals sculpted with four scenes: the massacre of the innocents, Samson desquijarando the lion, Daniel in the den of lions and the Adoración de los Magos. Or the graves of his cloister, to highlight the known as grave of the Knight Peregrine. And the visit to San Martín de Elines and Valderredible is an opportunity to learn about the vast Romanesque Heritage of the southern Cantabrian comarca of the Campoo, like the churches of Quintanilla de Rucandio, Nia Villanueva of San Andrés de Valdelomar, San Martín de Valdelomar, Castrillo de Valdelomar, Ruijas, Sobrepenilla and other remains in many other locations. And how, in the limits geographical near San Martín de Elines Cantabrians are not the Rock-Hewn Churches of creeks, gallows and Santa María de Valverde, and a short distance away and at that crossroads also the medieval art collections of Bricia (Burgos) of clips or Olleros de Pisuerga (Palencia).
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  • A surprise in the middle of a beautiful valley. We went through the Canyon of the River Ebro and it was worth approaching San Martín de Elines and the Rock-Hewn Churches that there are just a few minutes drive. Beautiful and different excursion in a wonderful environment
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