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The church of nuestra señora de la Asunción

Tuesta is one of the places most often cited, not only within the province, as possessing a fine parish church based on pre-Gothic concepts .

It is in fact a superb example that represents Alava during the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic. Its exact date of construction is not known, although most of it probably dates from the second half of the XII and first half of the XIII centuries.

Its doorway is one of the best examples of Romanesque art in the province of Alava .

This doorway is a fine piece of work, with decoration portraying a series of angels and human beings, wild beasts and monsters, birds and vegetables in a number of highly interesting scenes .

The porch is very much later than the main body of the church, dating back to 1795.

On entering the church, the vault is worthy of admiration: not large yet well-proportioned, fortified by arrises resting on pillars making up five sides, each of which has its own window.

The main altarpiece showing the image to which the church was dedicated, the Asunción de Nuestra Señora, previously concealed the present clear view of the apse before it was transferred to a south chapel during the restoration of 1962. Here it can be admired but not in complete form, since as it is higher than the chapel housing it, the Calvary topping it had to be placed on a side wall of the chapel and therefore the unity of the piece has been lost. It was carved in the late XVI century .

Another of the jewels inside the church is a magnificent sculpture of the Virgen Blanca, following the lines of the model known in the area as Andra Mari. Although somewhat earlier, certain items in this style would indicate it being made around the year 1300.

The church at Tuesta was declared a historic-artistic monument in 1932.

On the flat area in front of the church is a very fine example of a stone transept, on a stepped base with three heights. The upper column is crowned by a dado which bears a cross with a carving of Jesus Christ.

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