Heritage

 

Parish church of Saint James the Apostle

This 15th century Gothic church was built under the influence of the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. A very austere construction, it reflects the limited financial resources of the local community, employed mainly in agriculture and livestock.

It consists of a single nave with a star-shaped vault and a triumphal arch on Doric columns of the 16th century. The linteled nave has a wooden framework and four impressive oak posts at each of the side walls, all of them except one resting on the ground. The holy water stoup is one of the most notable artistic elements and consists of a reutilized Romanesque capital which could date from the 12th century. The relief shows two serpents in the act of either biting a man or being breast fed by a woman.

There is in the apse a beautifully gilded altarpiece and a magnificent example of Churrigueresque style, a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architectural ornament.