Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada

I had read of several interesting Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada, a town which is north of Monforte de Lemos and on the far side of the Minho River. It was an overcast day, but it was not cold and we wet off for an interesting day’s outing.

Romanesque Monastery of Santa Estevo de Ribas de Mino

A short drive took us to Santa Estevo de Ribas de Mino for our first stop. The Monastery is hidden in woods against a steep hillside above the Miño River and it had a tangible atmosphere. There was a smell of dampness and trees in the air and the site felt old, and indeed it is, built in the 12C-13C, but it also felt significant and certainly looked substantial. Oddly, there is very little information about it on the internet.

Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
A distant view of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
The Church of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
The Apse of San Estevo Ribas de Mino
The Romanesque Church of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
The main door of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
The Romanesque Church of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
Main facade of San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
San Estevo de Ribas de Mino

Chantada

Looking at Churches is hard work and we drove on into Chantada for a short walk – and a coffee!

San Salvador de Asma

Suitably fortified, we set off to find Churches on the outskirts of the town, starting with San Salvador de Asma. This Monastery must have been an establishment of some importance because the buildings which remain, and which are attached to the church, are still considerable. (The Monastery buildings are in private ownership today.) Two noblemen founded San Salvador de Asma in the 9C-10C as a Benedictine religious house for both monks and nuns. It continued as a religious establishment until the 1830s with the ‘dissolution’ of the monasteries by the state. Today the church overlooks the town of Chantada but I thought it felt slightly uncomfortable with the additions, and neglect.

Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
San Salvador de Asma
San Salvador de Asma
The Church and Monastery buildings of San Salvador de Asma

Santa Maria de Camporramiro

Our road took us further out of the town to the Church of Santa Maria de Camporramiro in a small village of the same name. Here I felt great sadness. Sometimes when I walk through a gate, or into a walled area, I feel as though I am entering another layer of time. I experienced that feeling at this church. Curiously, that feeling of a slippage of time is only in the place itself – looking at the photographs afterwards the sensation has gone.

The church was built in the 12C and it may have been named after King Ramiro who had a victory in battle over the Normans in this area in the 9C

Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada
Church of Santa Maria de Camporramiro
Romanesque Church of Santa Maria de Camporramiro
The Church of Santa Maria de Camporramiro
Countryside around Camporramiro
Countryside around Camporramiro

I had had a wonderful day exploring Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada, and how fortunate I was to return to the comfort of the Parador at Monforte de Lemos – these were all unforgettable experiences.

Further information
San Estevo de Ribas de Mino
https://turismo.ribeirasacra.org/es/iglesia-de-san-salvador-de-asma