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Collegiate Church of San Salvador (Grandas)
Grandas de Salime (Western Asturias)
Contact Address
33730 Grandas de Salime
  • Ecclesiastical
For centuries different parts were added to the church.

The original church must have been small in size and dates from the 12th century. Subsequently, during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the tower, porch, chapels in the transept, two vestries and nave between the entrance and the first archway were added.

The Romanesque portal was preserved and is now embedded in a wall of the new church. It has four semi-circular archivolts consisting of convex moulding and coving with a canopy. The exterior archivolts rest on three columns on each side, with richly carved capitals alternating plant decoration with human and animal figures, while the inside sits directly on the jamb, where two figures are carved.

The present church has a Latin cross ground plan, a single nave, transept with a dome on pendentives, a square apse and a square tower at the west end.

The most noteworthy feature of the church, along with the portal, is the main altarpiece dating from the 18th century.

Collegiate Church of San Salvador (Grandas)