Monday, February 12, 2007

Santa Maria de Taüll, Vall de Boí

The church of Santa Maria is located in the village of Taüll, and was consecrated on 11 December 1123, the day after the church of Sant Climent. Again the consecrator was Bishop Ramon Guillem de Roda-Barbastre.

Around the Church are a number of medieval houses surviving relatively intact.

It was also built with three naves, each ending with an apse. The bell tower rises from the within the southern nave. The tower itself antedates the main church.

The apses are elaborately decorated in Lombard style, with false arcading separated by pilasters and saw-tooth friezes. The main door on the west facade is a plain semicircular arch.

The church was heavily renovated in the 18th century, with a dome added. Its frescoes were moved to MNAC in around 1918. Many 18th century renovations were removed in the 1970s, including the dome.