Visigothic Art in Palencia
-Planned visits: St. Juan de Baños and the Crypt of St. Antolín.
-Total approximate distance from Madrid: 515 Km.
-Type of recommended stay: Rural accomodations in the surroundings of Palencia.
– Other recommended visits: Cathedral of Palencia, called The Unknown Beauty, St. Martín de Fromistá, St. Mª La Blanca in Villacázar de Sirga,
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This church, beautifully preserved, is a clear example of the search on behalf of the Visigothic architects of a shape for their churches better adapted to their rites than the typical Roman basilic. It consists of a basilical plan with three naves and three independent chevets, one in the central nave and the other two out of the lateral naves.
It is under the cathedral of Palencia to which it gave rise. It seems it formed part of a larger construction, possibly with a double apse similar to the mausoleum of La Alberca. At present it consists of three irregular sections connected with large horseshoe arches that spring out from the floor. The last section is blocked by a wall behind three little arches upon columns with capitals and Visigothic cymatiums.