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Alpanseque - Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Alpanseque is an agricultural village in Spain with less than 100 inhabitants built all in north side of the Romanesque church of the 12th-13th centuries.

The church was heavily remodeled in the Baroque style, but in 1985 the original Romanesque entrance on the south side was released, looking now at the local cemetery.

The double-tailed mermaid that adorns the capitals of the entrance columns is also re-emerged.

It is certainly a timid mermaid that - in an unusual way - hangs over a snake, with its arms strangely crossed behind its back as if to rebuke the few inhabitants of the center to have long forgotten it.

But - as often happens in small towns in Spain - the inhabitants are proud of the testimonies of their past as testified by the poetry on a panel next to the portal.

Alongside the two-tailed siren, scenes of fight and hunting are depicted in the capitals.