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The Visigothic presence in Castile-La Mancha

Itinerario del viaje que proponemos incluyendo el mapa del viaje, los monumentos a visitar por día de operación, las distancias parciales y los kms totales del viaje. Si desea acceder a la descripción completa de algún monumento pulse sobre su foto. Si desea completar y reservar este viaje pulse "Crear viaje a medida" 2 Dias

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We shall  begin our tour by visiting the remains of the
city of Recóplois, built by Levogildo in honour of his
son Recaredo, to
continue around the important Roman city of Segóbriga, where we find remains of
Cabeza de Griego, the largest Visigothic basilic that has reached our days. On
the second day we shall devote the morning to know two Visigothic cruciform
churches from the 7th century: St. Pedro de La Mata, in a very bad shape, and
the conflictive St. María de Melque, an exceptional monument very well
preserved.

 

-Other
recommended visits in Toledo: Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz, Museo de los
Concilios y la Cultura Visigoda, Arisgotas: Museum of Visigothic Art.

Mapa del viaje

Provincias de la Ruta:
Cuenca Guadalajara Toledo

Guía del viaje

Día 1

Zorita de los Canes
Within a city built around 580 by Liuvigild in honour of his son Reccared it may be considered as a precedent of cruciform churches as it has one nave with a sort of transept, an apse and a portico that seems to have included a baptistry. It also had two lateral galleries that connect the portico with the crossing but not with the naves.
Saelices

Remains of the largest Visigothic church ever known have been found in the ruins of the Roman city of Segóbriga It was of basilical type with an elongated pseudo crossing with the shape of “tau”. It was dismantled during the restoration of the Monastey of Uclés and only the studies of the excavation in the 18th century and a few remnants of the decoration have survived.

Día 2

Sonseca

Cruciform church built upon the same plans of St. Comba de Bande and St. María de Melque, though through the remnants that have been found we know it had a much richer decoration, connected with courtier Toledan art. Unfortunately only rests of the walls have survived maybe due to flaws in the laying of foundations upon flat granite soil.

San Martín de Montalbán

It is the most conflictive monument in all Spanish Pre Romanesque since though its structure is clearly that of a cruciform church -even the facades recall those of Montelios- its covering system and, above all, its decoration, lead to the Mozarabic period. There are many reasons from the historical point of view as well as from the architectural one that suggest us to include it in the Visigothic period.

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Portal de información sobre la Historia y el Arte medievales, con la descripción de más de 600 monumentos, que ofrece al viajero la posibilidad de preparar los itinerarios de sus viajes a monumentos de ese periodo.