Religious architecture

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The municipality is characterized by having an important number of religious constructions that obey two basic typologies: the parochial churches and the hermitages. As for the construction dates, there is neither record of the foundation time, nor the exact reasons why they were originally built, or by which resources.

Starting in the Modern Age, numerous modifications were made to religious buildings, most of them in the late 16th century and early 17th century. All this series of expensive works meant the need for church factories to increase their income to use them for these purposes. All these constructions, of which part of them are preserved, have neither been the focus of population agglutination, nor has this conditioned their location, since the place where they are erected seems to obey other patterns. The clearest determinant seems to be their proximity to the roads, on the edge of which are built.

Religious architecture in Rasines


Church of San Andrés

It is one of the most outstanding temples in the municipality and also one of the most important in the region. This church has been considered an Asset of Cultural Interest or BIC in Spanish. Since 1985, it is an excellent example of late Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, with a Latin cross plan and rectangular apse. It is made up of ashlar stone in corners, buttresses, openings, molded cornices and the first body of the porch, using masonry for the rest of sandstone and irregular black limestone. 


The current factory was designed in 1590, it was ordered to be built in his will by the Renaissance architect Rodrigo Gil de Hontañon whose father, also the architect Juan Gil de Hontañon, was born in the town. This allows the construction to be dated between the end of the 16th century and the 17th century. Among the movable property that it has inside, the main altar in the Baroque style stands out. There is also a bifolio parchment from the early 17th century that may have been part of a psalter.

In 1981 the tower collapsed, which brought with it the fall of a part of the church and destroyed the 19th century organ. Between 1988 and 1989, projects were carried out in the restoration building aimed at re-roofing and protecting it. In 2001, a project for the recovery of the tower was drawn up, which ended in 2003.

Church of San Martín

Located in Cereceda and dedicated to San Martín, saint of Tours who is linked to the first monastic Christianity of Cantabria. The current factory dates from the 15th century, although there must have been an older church, as evidenced by the modern trails that are preserved embedded in the south wall of the shed. Among the movable art that it preserves in its interior, it definitely stands out: a crucified in the Gothic style from the 14th century, a set that represents the prayer in the garden and various individual images of the primitive 17th century altarpiece.


Church of San Sebastian

This parish church is located in El Solar, Ojebar. The masonry work corresponds to the beginning of the 16th century and local artists worked on it. Inside, it preserves an important pre-Churrigueresque altarpiece from the 17th century. Behind the main altar, various paintings allusive to the martyrdom of the saint are preserved.


Hermitage of La Piedad

Dependent of the Parish of Cereceda. It is a hermitage-humiliation temple with a single rectangular shed that has a small porch attached to the feet.


Hermitage of Santa Isabel

Located on the edge of Camino Real and close to the entrance by Ampuero. Also known as Our Lady of Incencio or Bardal. It depended on the Parish of Cereceda. It is currently privately owned.

Hermitage of San Roque

Located in the neighborhood of Villapresente. It depends on the Parish of Rasines. It is an 18th century building of modest size.


Hermitage of San Juan de la Cruz

Dependent on the Parish of Ojebar, located in Barrio de Santa Cruz, Mies de San Juan. It is a large religious complex that is currently ruined and preserves architectural elements from the 17th century.

Hermitage of the Holy Martyrs (San Cosme and San Damian)

It is located on the left side of Camino Real, at the exit of Barrio de El Cerro, dependent on the Parish of Rasines. The building has an eminently popular character, with a Latin cross plan. This hermitage was founded in 1608.


Hermitage of Santa Ana

Located in Barrio de Ojbar, dependent on the Parish of Ojebar. It is a hermitage-humiliation temple with a single shed built in the first half of the 17th century.

Hermitage of Our Lady of Villasomera

Located in the Barrio de El Cerro, dependent on the Parish of Rasines. In this hermitage, the Board of the Council of Rasines was held accountable.


Hermitage of San Esteban

Located in Barrio de Rocillo, dependent on the Parish of Cereceda. Its chronology is established between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century.