If you drive – or walk on the Santiago pilgrimage path – across northern Spain, you will always be able to spot three or four churches across the vast plain at any one time. Why? Well, part of the reason is that this was the route for pilgrims visiting the burial spot of James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela. Some of these churches may have been isolated monastic communities but I suspect that others once had villages round them that have disappeared over time. So they were not always as mysteriously isolated as they now seem.
Most of the little churches you are about to see belong to the Romanesque style, and were built between the late 10th and the 12th century.
Some of them are even older (Pre-Romanesque style, 8th-10th centuries)
A few of them are inscribed in the United Nations list of World Heritage Sites.
They are spread through the deep Spain (Europe), in distant locations, far away from the beaten path and, in a few cases, they’re pretty difficult to reach if you didn’t have a big breakfast before hiking to them.
They may seem old, unpretentious and solitary … But make no mistake: God lives very happy in them.
- Happy monsters from the Middle Ages (in Spain) (covetotop.wordpress.com)