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Romanesque Art

the Romanesque hermitages In Tella

In Tella there is an interesting tourist route to visit the Romanesque hermitages which are set amongst outstanding landscapes, next to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

Hermitage of Santos Juan y Pablo

This is one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Aragon, built on a hill to the west of Tella. It was consecrated in 1019 by Bishop Borrel of Roda de Isábena. Dating from this time are the rectangular nave, whose original wooden roof was replaced in the early mediaeval era with a barrel vault, and the burial crypt located underneath the apse, the dome of which was also rebuilt.

A small seven-rung ladder to the side of the Epistle provides access to the crypt, the inside of which is lit up by a bell mouthed opening.Outside, we find the door which provides access to the church, located in the southern wall, with a barrel vault constructed with tufa voussoirs, positioned radially in keeping with the rustic style.

Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Fajanillas

Situated to the west of the town, near to the Saints John and Paul, with liturgical orientation to the east. It is practically square, with a semicircular apse and a doorway in the western wall, the nave is covered with a barrel vault and the apse has a vaulted cul-defour.

Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña

Opposite the Fajanillas Hermitage, located on a slight elevation, is the hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña, which brings this attractive route to a close. Although it has been significantly modified, its original structure dates from the 16th century, and it is believed it could be Romanesque in origin