The little-known sights of Asturias, such as this pre-Romanesque church, will capture your attention.

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Church of St. James of Gobiendes (Colunga)

A historic monument by the sea.

The views from this church located under Mount Sueve are nothing short of spectacular. In fact, it's noteworthy that such an architectural gem should appear in such a rural setting. Even though it was rebuilt between 1985 and 1987, the foundations of this Asturian pre-Romanesque church date from the 10th century. Inside you'll find column capitals decorated with typical Asturian motifs such as acanthus leaves. Interestingly, the lateral naves have wooden roofs, while the main nave has a stone vault. In the 19th century, a gallery of wooden columns was built around the façade, and in the most recent renovation, an attempt was made to salvage the original floors. Despite all this, the church, which was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1931, still embodies the essence of late pre-Romanesque architecture in Asturias.

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