Church of San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista, Santianes de Pravia

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Church of St. John Apostle and Evangelist
Iglesia de San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista(Spanish)
Santianes de Pravia - 04.jpg
Basic information
Location Santianes de Pravia, Spain
Geographic coordinates 43°30′07.02″N 6°05′56.92″W / 43.5019500°N 6.0991444°W / 43.5019500; -6.0991444
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Asturias
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Church
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Pre-Romanesque
Groundbreaking 774
Completed 783

St. John Apostle and Evangelist (Spanish: Iglesia de San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista) is a Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque church situated in Santianes de Pravia, northern Spain.

Cultural references[edit]

Foundation stone in the form of a letter labyrinth: Silo princeps fecit
Painting of Salvador Dalí inspired by the foundation stone.

The church contains a foundation stone in the form of a letter labyrinth ("Silo Princeps Fecit") that records the 8th-century founding of the church by King Silo of Asturias. The inscription Silo princeps fecit singularly combined in fifteen horizontal lines and nineteen perpendicular columns of letters. The T forms the beginning and the end of the first and last line in consequence of which the name Silo is not to be found till the eighth line and the S which begins it is exactly in the centre of that line and of the tenth column thus the name is in the shape of a cross as the letters above below and on each side of the S form the word Silo.

This letter labyrinth appears to inspire the hypercube of Salvador Dalí's painting A Propos of the "Treatise on Cubic Form" by Juan de Herrera, housed in the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

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