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San Pedro de Ansemil

This proto-Romanic building, originates from the 9th and 10th century. It was a Monastery inhabited by a community of Benedictine nuns, a contemporary of S. Lourenzo of Carboeiro. This former monastery church consists of two chapels, one Romanesque and one Gothic in styles both integrated architecturally and sculpturally.

The Romanesque is a basilica with three naves in three parts; the central part is double width, separated by rectangular columns. The header has a single rectangular chapel.

The main facade, west facing, consists of two archivolts, checkered smocks and smooth tympanum, characterized by the four well carved capitals, two decorated with vegetation, one with two lions and the fourth with a headless figure with a book amongst others of ape like appearance.

The Gothic chapel, dedicated to Sta. Ana, also known as the Lords of Deza Chapel, houses the sarcophagus of the Knight Diego Gómez de Deza, dated 1341. Attached to the Romanesque by the south wall it has a single nave. It features smooth rectangular door jambs and the lintel is pentagonal in which the words Agnus Dei stand out and a  fleur-de-lis cross, between the sun and moon above everything, an image of the Virgin of the Milk sitting on a chair under a trefoil arched canopy. It preserves some interesting rcorbels of various types, with medieval ironwork which finish in snake mouths on the doors.

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil

San Pedro de Ansemil