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A Church Inspired by Córdoba’s Mosque

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher of Torres del Rio, like Eunate, reflects a possible connection to the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. As at Eunate, it was built in the 12th century, is Romanesque, and is based on an octagonal plan.

It is most famous for its ceiling, a technique of cross-ribbed vaulting brought from Muslim Spain. The cross ribbing forms a stunning eight-pointed, Islamic-inspired star, a cousin to the dome in Córdoba’s mosque.

The steep climb and the surrounding vineyards make the approach to Torres del Rio, with the church’s pretty round tower, all the more stunning.

From here the path menders through rolling hills, fields, and vineyards toward Viana and Logroño in Rioja.

At A Glance

Torres del Rio
Torres del Rio

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