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Church of San Pedro (La Plaza)
Teverga (Central Asturias)
Contact Address
AS-265. 33111 La Plaza
  • Summer (1st July to 30th September)
    Tuesday to Sunday:
    Closed on Monday

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Private
Asturian Pre-Romanesque architecture seems to link with early Romanesque in this interesting church, built between 1069 and 1076.

San Pedro de Teverga has its origin in the early Romanesque style of the 11th century, although the exact date of its founding is unknown. The church has a basilica ground plan divided into three naves with barrel vaults, a rectangular apse divided into three chapels by two arches and a porch or narthex at the west end, where the bell tower was raised in the 18th century.

Inside, the porch is divided into three naves by two very wide and low central columns. Its vaults are supported by another four columns on both sides, the central ones having coarsely-ornamented cubic capitals and a square base.

These capitals are coarsely ornamented: plant motifs carved on the slant, very flat men and animals and geometric themes. From an iconographic point of view, the sculpting in the naves is more interesting: human figures, bear-headed quadrupeds with tails, bearded men in a fighting stance, men with bear or dog heads, etc.

The body of the church is very high; the transversal ribs on pillars rest on large columns with capitals differing from those of the late Pre-Romanesque.

The exterior decoration is very interesting; a chequered cornice and zoomorphic corbels appear for the first time as decoration specifically related to the Romanesque.

The abbot's residence is joined to the Collegiate Church and the cloister, the building of which was completed in 1670, according to the inscription on a column. This church was restored in 1981 and 1990 by the Regional Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. There is a museum in the sacristy of the church that contains the mummified corpses of the Marquis of Valdecarzana and his son Pedro de Miranda, the abbot of the Collegiate Church between 1690 and 1720.

Church of San Pedro (La Plaza)