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If any church deserves the word “extraordinary” it is Kilpeck. Once adjacent to a Benedictine monastery, it dates from about 1140AD and is little changed since. Kilpeck was gifted to the splendidly-named William fitz Norman after the Conquest

If any church deserves the word “extraordinary” it is Kilpeck. Once adjacent to a Benedictine monastery, it dates from about 1140AD and is little changed since. Kilpeck was gifted to the splendidly-named William fitz Norman after the Conquest

San Felipe Apostol, relieve en un capitel de San Pedro de la Nave (Zamora) Arte Visigodo. https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1432/1298450536_41623941c8.jpg

San Felipe Apostol, relieve en un capitel de San Pedro de la Nave (Zamora) Arte Visigodo. https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1432/1298450536_41623941c8.jpg

Monos. Capitel. Iglesia de los mártires San Facundo y San Primitivo - Silió, municipio de Molledo (Besaya, Cantabria, España). Siglo XII. Románico del Besaya

Monos. Capitel. Iglesia de los mártires San Facundo y San Primitivo - Silió, municipio de Molledo (Besaya, Cantabria, España). Siglo XII. Románico del Besaya

Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire, 1140 AD. "A cockerel (?), a dragon, grotesque heads, an angel, a phoenix, masks and beakheads compete for our attention above the south door. " Simon Jenkins  	  The left hand door capital. A basilisk (left) and lion (right) paw at each other somewhat half-heartedly - evil fighting evil.

Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire, 1140 AD. "A cockerel (?), a dragon, grotesque heads, an angel, a phoenix, masks and beakheads compete for our attention above the south door. " Simon Jenkins The left hand door capital. A basilisk (left) and lion (right) paw at each other somewhat half-heartedly - evil fighting evil.

Sirenas de dos colas - Ciaño, Concejo de Langreo, Asturias -- Las #sirenas en la iconografía románica, tanto de una cola como de dos, representan la seducción y el atrapamiento por los placeres carnales que distraían a los hombres de sus propósitos

Sirenas de dos colas - Ciaño, Concejo de Langreo, Asturias -- Las #sirenas en la iconografía románica, tanto de una cola como de dos, representan la seducción y el atrapamiento por los placeres carnales que distraían a los hombres de sus propósitos

Yermo, municipio de Cartes, Cantabria - Iglesia de Santa María, Capitel de Daniel en el Foso de los Leones

Yermo, municipio de Cartes, Cantabria - Iglesia de Santa María, Capitel de Daniel en el Foso de los Leones

Lázaro esperando en la puerta del rico - Pinturas románicas, San Clemente de Taüll

Lázaro esperando en la puerta del rico - Pinturas románicas, San Clemente de Taüll

St Mary & St David, Norman chuch, Kilpeck. Once adjacent to Benedictine monastery, 1140 AD. Kilpeck was gifted to the splendidly-named William fitz Norman after Conquest and church as we know it was commissioned by his son, Hugh. dates from late in Norman period and yet it is awash with most elaborate carvings, many of a distinctly un-christian nature. Celtic, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon and pagan imagery vies with Christian iconography in a riot of dragons, warriors, monsters and animals.

St Mary & St David, Norman chuch, Kilpeck. Once adjacent to Benedictine monastery, 1140 AD. Kilpeck was gifted to the splendidly-named William fitz Norman after Conquest and church as we know it was commissioned by his son, Hugh. dates from late in Norman period and yet it is awash with most elaborate carvings, many of a distinctly un-christian nature. Celtic, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon and pagan imagery vies with Christian iconography in a riot of dragons, warriors, monsters and animals.

Colegiata de San Pedro, en Cervatos  | Cantabria | Spain

Colegiata de San Pedro, en Cervatos | Cantabria | Spain

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