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Church of San Juan Bautista

The church of San Juan Bautista in La Guardia is an architectural and cultural jewel that houses an impressive collection of Romanesque and Gothic elements. It stands out for its outstanding repertoire of monsters carved in stone, typical of the late Romanesque, which adorn the south portal of the temple, known as the “Portada de los Abuelos” (Grandparents’ Portal). In addition, its interior houses fantastic elements such as dragons, mermaids and monkeys, reflecting the influence of the codices and travel books of the time. With a Latin cross plan and multiple apses, this church-fortress presents an architectural evolution that ranges from Romanesque to neoclassical, evidencing its historical importance and its value as a cultural heritage.

The construction of the church, which dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, shows various stages of development, from its original function as a temple-fortress to its transformation into a place of worship and devotion. The modifications made in the 16th century, such as the addition of the Pilar Chapel and the conversion of the tower into a bell tower, mark a transition towards a more Renaissance style. In addition, the presence of a museum in the former sacristy, where liturgical objects are displayed, adds another level of significance to this important historical monument of La Guardia.


  • Address
    San Juan Plaza, 5, Guardia, Araba
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  • What to see
    Romanesque monsters

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