Carrión de los Condes, Palencia
Church of Santiago
The church of Santiago has undergone many building phases and today is a palimpsest of its many changes. The Romanesque body of the church was constructed in the first half of the twelfth century and the elaborate facade was added in the second -- likely in the decade of the 1170s.
The portal is dominated by a monumental frieze that depicts Christ in Majesty surrounded by the twelve apostles (an arrangement referred to as an apostolado). Here the apostles stand under a fantastical arcade of micro-architecture complete with carved capitals. Each figure would have been identified by his name engraved into the arch above him. The names can still be seen above several of the apostles on our left (for example, see Peter and James). Much of the right side of the arcade is the product of a modern restoration.
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Santiago de Carrión
The two portal capitals of Santiago de Carrión are sculpted with dramatic and today enigmatic messages of judgment and salvation or damnation. While the left capital gives the viewer hope, with a saved soul personified as a small cradled figure, the right displays a horrific image of a live figure being torn apart by vicious dogs.