IGLESIA RUPESTRE DE CAMPO DE EBRO
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- It was declared Heritage of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 1985.
- The hermitage was a parish, later a public school and finally a shelter for neighbours during the Civil War.
It consists of a single nave, with rectangular plan, elongated with a protuberance in the middle of the roof that, according to Bohigas Roldán “they could be the remnants of a supresed central pillar”, giving way, in its origin, to two naves.
It aslo contains a carved continuous bench surrounding the walls of the nave. It is important to point out the presence of this kind of stone benches attached to some walls in religious High Medieval constructions in the east zone of the resettlement of Castile. In fact we find this sort of benches in churches so far away in time and space, as St. Miguel de Presillas, Sts. Céntola and Elena or St. Baudelio de Berlanga, among others, all of them located in a narrow vertical stripe that starts at the south west of Cantabria.
As an historical curiosity, the temple was a parish, later a public school and finally a shelter for neighbours during the Civil War.
Other interesting information
Acceso: Take the road to Quintanilla de las Torres to Escalada or the other way round, 6 Km far from Ponientes we find the small village of Campo de Ebro. In that place, next to the parish church and the cemetery, open to a rock hummock, lies this cave shrine GPS Coordinates: 42°47’44″N 3°57’54″O.
BOHIGAS ROLDÁN, R. : Yacimientos arqueológicos medievales del sector central de la montaña cantábrica. Tomo. Monografías Arqueológicas de la ACDPS, nº 1. Santander 1986, pp 187-188.
MONREAL JIMENO, L.A.: Eremitorios rupestres altomedievales (el Valle del Ebro). Universidad de Deusto 1989, pp 46-47.
P. BERTÍN GUTIERREZ LÓPEZ: La Colegiata de San Martín de Elines. Colegiata-Parroquia de San Martín de Elines. 2005.