Name: Loarre Castle
Location: Loarre (Huesca)
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Sancho Ramirez, king of Aragon, founded a monastery of regular canons at Swat Augustine in Loarre The foundation was sanctioned by Pope Alexander II in 1071, although construction of the building had commenced before that time The church has a single nave, divided into two bays and extended by a semicircular apse of almost equal width.
The first bay is cut obliquely by the outer wall of the
Castle. T'he second bay, in the center of the church, is a
full square covered with a cupola The apse, of course, is
covered by a quarter sphere. Because of a sudden drop in
the terrain, a crypt was built below the apse The crypt is a
simple semicircular room with a robust blind arcade One
enters it from the middle of a staircase using from the
castle entrance below the church The entrance to the staircase and therefore to the entire complex, is an attractive
Romanesque portal with elbowed columns and a checked
archivolt with a mutilated inscription reading Aedes-Has-Municass-Invistas (Preserve inviolate These Houses
1103“) On our modem calendar that year would be
equivalent to 1065 The portal and the crypt must be
older than the church, although the form of tile crypt pre
figures the structure which must have grown direct
the same concept The decorative elements of this
and the crypt clearly derive from the art of Jaca.
Jose L Sebastian, 39, from Spain wrote:
It's a middle-age (XII century) castle very well preserved It's typically defensive point in the limit with de Muslim kingdom and looks like the Christian castle in the middle east (ej. Lebanon)
Juan from Spain sent us this two photos.
It is a Romanesque castle dated XI century.