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Church of San Nicolás (Villoria)
Laviana (Eastern Asturias)
Iglesia de San Nicolás de Villoria
  • Ecclesiastical
The church was rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Linked to the no longer existing House of Quirós Mansion, this church has its origins in the 12th century, but after suffering major reforms in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Romanesque work was greatly altered.

It has three naves; the central one, with four sections, is separated from the aisles by arches resting on columns and ends in a square apse. Of the original ceiling, only a section of stellar vaulting and two ashlar transversal ribs have been preserved; the rest is the result of reconstruction work after the fire it suffered in 1936.

The main Romanesque portal is located in the centre of the west end of the church. It is covered by a three-centred arch and two archivolts resting on two columns with capitals decorated with stylized plant motifs. The archivolts are decorated with chequered bands and zig-zags.

Flanking the Romanesque portal there are two side portals, possibly 16th century, purist Herrerian in style, each with a semi-circular arch and archivolt on columns framed by two pilasters with grooving, entablature, pediment and topped with balls. They are sheltered by an open atrium of stone Tuscan columns which, together with the bell gable, possibly date from the 18th century.

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Church of San Nicolás (Villoria)
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