Church of San Pedro de Nora

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Church of Saint Peter of Nora
Iglesia de San Pedro de Nora (Spanish)
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Basic information
Location Spain Oviedo, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°22′9″N 5°57′42.9″W / 43.36917°N 5.961917°W / 43.36917; -5.961917
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Asturias
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Church
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Pre-Romanesque
Completed 9th century
Specifications
Length 18 metres (59 ft)
Width 13 metres (43 ft)

Saint Peter of Nora (Spanish: Iglesia de San Pedro de Nora) is a Roman Catholic Pre-Romanesque church, located in Las Regueras, Spain, beside the Nora river, about 12 km from Oviedo. The church is recorded for the first time in a donation document of Alfonso III of Asturias in 905.

Given its similarities with the church of San Julián de los Prados and the church of Santa María de Bendones, it was probably built in the times of Alfonso II of Asturias. Declared National Monument in 1931, the church burnt in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. It was rebuilt by Luis Menéndez Pidal.

Architecture[edit]

This church has the construction style established in church of San Julián de los Prados: facing eastwards, vestibule separate from the main structure, basilica-type ground plan, central nave higher than the side aisles, with intersecting wooden roof and lit by Windows with stone lattice. The straight sanctuary is divided into three apses with barrel vaults. As a differentiating element, the apses were joined to each other through the dividing walls by semicircular-arched doors. Like all the churches from this period, there was a room over the apse, only accessible from outside through a trefoil window. The bell tower, separate from the church like in Santa María de Bendones, does not belong to the original construction, and stems from an initiative in the seventies by the architect and great restorer of Asturian Pre-Romanesque, Luis Menéndez Pidal.

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