San Pedro Church

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San Pedro Church Teruel Reviews

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Mudejar Teruel 2 - Los Amantes Mar 08, 2005
San Pedro’s main appeal is supposed to be not so much in its tower as in its role as mausoleum for ‘Los Amantes’ [the Lovers] of Teruel. For those who want the story – in about 1217 Diego was not allowed to marry Isabel because he wasn’t rich. However her father gave him five years to remedy this. He returned just in time to hear the wedding bells as she became the bride of another. Diego requested a last kiss but Isabel apparently thought that would be unseemly in her new role and refused. Diego died. The next day he gets his kiss before the funeral and Isabel dies. In San Pedro’s is the alabaster tomb with the statues clasping hands. End of story. [Spare a thought for the plight of ‘the other’!]

To me, however, the most interesting feature of the place is neither the tower nor the tombs but the interior decoration. Neither a square inch of glass nor of the walls remains untouched – and, whereas that would often appal me, here I thought it was bang on.
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