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Church of San Millán (Oncala)

The church of San Millán in Oncala was built between 1780 and 1798, sponsored by Don Juan Francisco Ximénez del Río, a local who was also Bishop of Segovia and Archbishop of Valencia. According to the locals, when it was rebuilt, the original building was not torn down due to the fact that the people from Oncala didn’t trust that the bishop would finish the project, therefore, the old church was kept inside until the new one was finished, then it was dismantled and removed.

 

It only has one nave and a transept that is covered by a dome supported by spandrels and decorated with lunettes. The Major Altarpiece is dedicated to San Millán de la Cogolla, the patron saint of shepherds, and he is presented with a lamb nestled at his feet, dressed as a monk with a black habit and carrying a shepherd’s crook. This carving would belong to the first half of the 18th century.

 

According to the locals, when it was rebuilt, the original building was not torn down due to the fact that the people from Oncala didn’t trust that the bishop would finish the project, therefore, the old church was kept inside until the new one was finished, then it was dismantled and removed.

 

The most outstanding feature in the church is its rich collection of Flemish tapestry from the 17th century. There are a total of eight tapestries in this series called Apoteosis Eucarística. Among these, it is worth mentioning The Triumph of Faith and The Triumph of the Eucharist. They have the distinctive Brussels Brabant mark (between two Bs), and the signature of the weaver, Frans Van den Hecke (FVH), an upholsterer from Brussels, dean of the weavers’ guild and the upholsterer of the Court. This collection was donated by Don Juan Francisco Jiménez del Río, bishop of Segovia and archbishop of Valencia.

 

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