Route of the Romanesque

Route of the Romanesque

Romanesque art is spread throughout the province, there are relevant samples throughout our province.

Romanesque is the predominant architectural style in the Province of Segovia, both Romanesque stone and brick; of both there are beautiful examples. But there is a quality in the constructions of Segovian Romanesque that makes them very particular. It is the incorporation, in many of them, of a portico or atrium attached to the walls of the temple and separated from the outside by arches decorated with artistic capitals. These spaces are usually known as the places where councils and meetings of the inhabitants of each place were held.

As the catalog is very extensive, we will guide you in the main areas and samples that will help you to discover it for yourself. Since, in addition to the Romanesque styles of temples and hermitages, there are also innumerable other artistic objects of the same style: baptismal fonts, covers, wall paintings, tables ...

Towards the Port of Somosierra

If we take the route from Segovia to the Port of Somosierra we will arrive at Sotosalbos. Previously we can stop at Torrecaballeros, where we will find an interesting Romanesque temple. Sotosalbos possesses a picturesque urban set where it emphasizes a magnificent church of century XIII with very interesting architectonic reasons and two magnificent covers in the atrium, that has seven arcs. Inside, the Romanesque image of the Virgen de la Sierra and a small museum. A short distance from this place, two other very attractive Romanesque temples, the Pelayos del Arroyo and the La Cuesta, the latter encumbrado on a hill, depository of excellent tables of the fifteenth century and mural paintings of the XIII.

In the region you can visit other temples with peculiar characteristics that are worth visiting: Tenzuela, Tejares, El Guijar de Valdevacas, Val de San Pedro Tower, Navafría, Arcones, Prádena ... If we continue to Riaza, typical mountain village with some interesting rural architecture samples. Very close to this Villa there are several very significant villages for the materials used in the construction that are part of the color route such as the Pueblos Negros: Becerril, El Muyo and El Negredo. Red Towns: Villacorta and Madriguera. Yellow Villages: Alquité and Martín Muñoz de Ayllón. The Muyo, with pavement and houses of slate (black town) and Burrow, with buildings of red stone coming from a ferruginous quarry (red town).

Near Riaza

Next to Riaza is Ayllón, the last town in Segovia bordering the province of Soria. Ayllón owns a bridge of Roman origin on the Aguisejo river and a church of San Miguel of the late Romanesque, next to the ruins of the one of San Juan, of the same style. Here you have to take a tour of the town and see the Plaza Mayor with its sixteenth-century City Hall, the palaces of Juan de Contreras and Obispo Vellosillo (which houses an interesting Museum of Contemporary Art),
as well as the popular tower of La Martina, the remainder of a fortification, at the top of the Caserío.

We continue our journey to another nearby town, Maderuelo, with its walled enclosure next to the Linares reservoir, whose waters conceal a Roman bridge that can be seen when the level of those is lowered; also next to this reservoir, the hermitage of Vera Cruz, which had wonderful Romanesque frescoes that, on the occasion of the construction of the reservoir, were transferred in 1946 to the Prado Museum.