An excellent tour of the churches of Álava
On this excellent tour of the churches and heritage buildings of the province of Alava you will be able to see and breathe culture and history in equal parts.
The small town of Añua still conserves the emblazoned palaces and a magnificent church that speak of its rich past. Since the 14th century, and due to a privilege granted by King Alfonso XI of Castile, it has formed part of the municipality of Elburgo. Although it does not currently form part of the official route of the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, these routes varied over time and this church has traditionally been considered one of the major landmarks for pilgrims.
Abrevadero Kalea, 9, 01192 Añua
San Martín de Tours church
It was built in the 13th century. It is a hall-shaped temple with a nave divided into two sections and a rectangular presbytery. It is reinforced with buttresses and has a rural portico that was restored in the last refurbishment. The doorway dates from the 13th century and has a slightly pointed arch. There is a large wall at the foot of the church. It is one of the most outstanding religious buildings in the municipality, especially for the importance of its mural paintings, dating from the early 14th century.
Salvatierra Kalea, 01206 Gazeo
In the small town of Alaitza is one of the most surprising churches in the Basque Country. From the outside, what we can see is a simple Romanesque temple with a semicircular chevet with two naves and a portico. However, the real richness lies in its interior, as it contains an extensive and rich programme of medieval painting that has become an enigma that is difficult to answer.
Alaiza Kalea, 8, 01207 Alaitza
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