Santa Eulalia de Bóveda

Santa Eulalia de Bóveda was a worship or religious building in Roman times. Probably it belongs to the third and fourth centuries AD although it was renovated and re-used in later times.

It is near Lugo (Lucus Augusti) in a turning from the road to Friol. The road to Lucus Augusti and Bracara Augusta was very close to the group of Bóveda in ancient times. The following map shows its location today:

It had two floors. The lower one is kept relatively complete and well preserved. The façade has a small portico that gives access to the door of the inside part. The photographs show the portico as it is today. We took them during a visit to the monument. The lines above the portico are a protection against vandalism.

Plan of Santa Eulelia de Bóveda

The inside part is a regular space divided into three naves separated by columns and arches as you can see in the drawing above and in the photographs below.

Bóveda houses one of the most important collections of wall painting of the Roman Hispania. It keeps paintings on stucco, in several colours, that represent birds. Vases and amphoras were painted at the base of the arches. These photographs are a good example of those paintings.

The decorative motives in the paintings are characteristic of the late Roman art and can be the inspiration of the mural Preromanesque painting in Asturias. The sculptural decoration is one of the most characteristic aspects of the monument.

Santa Eulalia de Bóveda was a religious center dedicated to worship water or any other type of worship that we don't know for sure. Today, it is a church used for Catholic worship. It is kept in a good state of preservation. Apart from its religious use, it is also a tourism center.