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Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena

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Address: Cillorigo de Liebana, Cillorigo de Liebana, Spain

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Beautiful little old church

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... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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553 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

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... More 

Thank Catharina50
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Przemysław W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

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... More 

Thank Brian K
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

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... More 

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529 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

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.

Thank toniShanghai
Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

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.

Thank Jac-and-Jek
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

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... More 

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