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Church of Saint John the Evangelist (Aldehuela del Rincón)

This 18th-century building used to be a chapel and it is possible that it was a parish during the Romanesque period. Pascual Madoz mentioned in his publication Geographical, Historical and Statistical Dictionary of Spain and its Overseas Possessions, edited in the 19th century, that this small temple only gave service two days a year since the locals of Aldehuela would normally go to mass in the neighbouring village Sotillo.

 

The church is made of plastered stonework, and the restored façade opens up on the southern wall with a lowered rounded archway. It is guarded by a modern portico placed on top of pillars on the corners and studs with wooden footings in the access that opens up on the podium that encloses the doorway. At the end of the nave, there is a double-bodied tower with a rounded opening on each side where the bells are.

 

This simple building only has one nave that connects with the sanctuary through a rounded arch of triumph. The guide base has a quadrangular floor plan and is covered by a recently installed wooden roof with four eaves. The nave uses the same material for the trusses and the boards of the double-eaved roof.

 

As a reminder of its medieval past, the temple still maintains a Romanesque baptismal font which was possibly carved in the 13th century by a local stonecutter. Its opening is decorated with zig-zag cuts and the cup’s body has large rounded arches on top of double columns and curious geometric capitals.

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Church of Saint John the Evangelist
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Door and portico
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Baptismal font
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