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Church of Santa María de Tina
Ribadedeva (Eastern Asturias)
  • Ecclesiastical
Only a few ruins remain, evocative of its great beauty in the past.

The first documents referring to the place date from the 16th century, stating that it belonged to an 11th-century abbey in Cervera de Pisuerga. Although only a few ruins remain today among some trees, the place definitely has great charm.

The present ruins are those of a 13th-century church built in the Cistercian style. The entrance door is in a wall opposite the apse and has a pointed arch. Adjoining this wall, outside to the right, is what looks like an oven. Within the perimeter of the nave can be seen a stone tomb whose gravestone can be found lying outside.

A Romanesque statue of Our Lady of Tina, which remained in the church even when it was in ruins and was safeguarded during the Civil War at San Emeterio Lighthouse, is preserved in the parish church of San Roque (Pimiango). It is a 12th-century wood carving of the Madonna Enthroned with the Child on her lap.

Santa María de Tina is accessed via a footpath that starts near the Chapel of San Emeterio, near El Pindal Caves.

Church of Santa María de Tina