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Church of St Peter

The church of San Pedro in Araia, whose main construction dates from the late 15th or early 16th century, is an outstanding example of religious architecture in the region. It has a rectangular floor plan with a polygonal dome and a nave with three bays, which are typical of the period. The main altarpiece, made in 1790 by Gregorio de Dombrasas, is an elegant fusion of neoclassical style, decorated with paintings and sculptures, including the masterpiece of Mauricio de Valdivielso: the image of St. Peter, the patron saint of the parish. The side chapels, such as the one built by the Lecea family in the 16th century, add an outstanding Romanesque touch, as seen in the altarpiece of the Virgen del Carmen, attributed to López de Larrea. The rich history and the mixture of artistic styles make the church of San Pedro one of the architectural and cultural treasures of Araia.

The peculiar choir, with its double architraved floor, reminiscent of the old “grandparents’ choir”, adds a distinctive element to the interior of the church. In addition, the main doorway, dating from the late 15th or early 16th century, has a moulded ogee arch and decorative details that reflect the craftsmanship of the period. The remains of Roman tombstones with inscriptions and various motifs on the apse wall add a fascinating historical element to the exterior of the church. This architectural jewel is not only a place of worship, but also a tangible testimony of Araia’s rich artistic and historical heritage.

  • Address
    Herriko Enparantza, Araia, Álava
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  • What to see
    St Peter’s image

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