Church of San Juan Bautista, Banos de Cerrato, Venta de Banos
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The Church of San Juan Bautista or San Juan Bautista de Baños de Cerrato is an ancient stone Visigothic church dedicated to St John the Baptist in the town of Baños de Cerrato, ancient Balneos, in the province of Palencia, in central Spain. It is one of the earliest and most complete survivals of Visigothic architecture, founded in the 7th century.HistoryThe church is located in the fertile Pisuerga River valley, near the confluence with the Carrión River. The nearby town of Venta de Baños is presently larger and more important than Baños de Cerrato. In Roman times, the area was devoted to vacationing and relaxation, with many private villas dotting the landscape. In Roman times as under the Visigoths, this was an important grain-producing region.The church was commissioned by the Visigothic king Recceswinth of Hispania (the Iberian Peninsula, comprising modern Spain and Portugal), in the year 661 and whose solemn consecration ceremony is believed to have taken place on the 3rd of January, 661.The church was built as a royal foundation under the control of the Bishops of Palencia. The excavations that were carried out in 1956 and 1963 yielded a medieval necropolis of 58 tombs to the north-west of the church and discovered three pieces of 7th century bronze: two belt buckles in the shape of a lyre and one liturgical object.
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  • It seemed a luxury to be able to visit a church of the 661, touch the stone and see the replica of the Crown of Recceswinth. Also I drank some water from the fiente. I think that it should be must-see.
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  • Not spend long, before calling the Guide to arrange time, close manantibalas with renal properties.
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  • One of the few Visigoth churches can still be visited in Spain. As national heritage is closed on Mondays.
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