For some historians, the mythical Proentia of the Romans is located in this place. Itwas found many Roman remains from the settlement and reused in different places.
The temple is of Romanesque origin, was built in the second half of the 13th century and underwent major refurbishments in the 18th century.
ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE
The building has a rectangular floor plan both in the nave and in the apse, erected with granite masonry walls. Of the Romanesque structure, it preserves the simple door with semicircular arch and scant decoration; the presbytery, rectangular with a barrel vault; and the triumphal arch, composed of two semicircular archivolts with a rectangular cross-section, wich give the impression of being slightly canted. The exterior archivolt and the chequered arch that frames it rest on smooth imposts on columns embedded in the wall; the interior archivolt rests by means of smooth imposts on each column with capitals decorated with plant motifs and smooth shaft. The wall paintings of the 16th century are preserved in the vault of the presbytery. They were discovered by the parish priest in the 1970s and restored in 2002 (they were only cleaned and damaged holes were filled with watercolour). The technique used is the fresh mezzo, which differs from the fresco painting in the thickness of the mortar. They have features of Renaissance painting, as an attempt to achieve the perspective, the treatment of cloths or introduce architectural elements in the scenes. If we look at the front and starting with the left we find the following scenes: Adoration of the Magi (the King that appears in his knees first might be a representation of Philip II); Flight into Egypt, scene taken from the apocryphal Gospels that tells that the Virgin is hungry and the child requests Palms down to bring them the fruits (we highlight the fruit that the child carries in his hand, which looks like a chestnut rather than a date); The Annunciation, at the top, in the most outstanding place from the presbytery; The Visitation; Saint Blaise; The Adoration of the Shepherds, where we highlight the symbol of the shepherds, in this case musicians and blond, and one of them crosseyed. Surely the artist was inspired by real people.
Praza do Concello s/n
Lugo, Galicia, Spain
Phone: +34 982 460 161
RIBEIRA SACRA CONSORCIO DE TURISMO
Estrada de Viñoás, 3
32160 Nogueira de Ramuín
Ourense, Galicia, Spain
Phone: +34 638823592
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