Church of San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista, Santianes de Pravia

St. John Apostle and Evangelist (Spanish: Iglesia de San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista[pronunciation?]) is a Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque church situated in Santianes de Pravia, northern Spain.

Church of St. John Apostle and Evangelist
Iglesia de San Juan Apóstol y Evangelista (in Spanish)
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Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceAsturias
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusChurch
Location
LocationSantianes de Pravia, Spain
Geographic coordinates43°30′07.02″N 6°05′56.92″W / 43.5019500°N 6.0991444°W / 43.5019500; -6.0991444
Architecture
TypeChurch
StylePre-Romanesque
Groundbreaking774
Completed783
Website
Official Website

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Foundation stone in the form of a letter labyrinth: Silo princeps fecit
 
Painting of Salvador Dalí inspired by the foundation stone.

The church contains a foundation stone in the form of a letter labyrinth ("Silo Princeps Fecit") that records the 8th-century founding of the church by King Silo of Asturias. The inscription Silo princeps fecit singularly combined in fifteen horizontal lines and nineteen perpendicular columns of letters. The T forms the beginning and the end of the first and last line in consequence of which the name Silo is not to be found till the eighth line and the S which begins it is exactly in the centre of that line and of the tenth column thus the name is in the shape of a cross as the letters above below and on each side of the S form the word Silo.

This letter labyrinth appears to inspire the hypercube of Salvador Dalí's painting A Propos of the "Treatise on Cubic Form" by Juan de Herrera, housed in the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

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