Venta de Baños information
Venta de Baños is situated in the Cerrato
region of Palencia is the town of , less than 15 kilometres from
the capital. It is a modern city where the church of Santa Rosa
de Lima stands out. It was restored in the 19th century, but its
origins date back to the 12th century.
In the same area is the town of Baños del Cerrato, famous for being home to the Visigothic church of San Juan Bautista de Baños. The Visigothic king Recesvinto ordered this religious structure to be built in the 7th century. It is the oldest remaining one of its kind in Spain. Its basilica plan is of great quality and reflects firm spiritual conviction. One of its main features is the use of the horseshoe arch, very common in Visigothic buildings, along with the Paleochristian basilica plan. Some classical capitals and shafts reveal the fact that it is built on the site of a former Roman temple.
Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.