Arroyo de la Encomienda
church of San Juan Evangelista ante Portam Latinam
What a strange fate for a two-tailed mermaid!
It was born on the central window of the apse of the church built in the twelfth century by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem in Wamba and dedicated to the evangelist St. John ante Portam Latinam.
The Hospitallers of San Giovanni, at the time, had a privileged relationship with Queen Urraca (see Fresno el Viejo) and we also find them here in the Encomienda de los Caballeros Hospitalarios de la Orden de San Juan de Jerusalén de Wamba.
(Wamba was a Goto king elected in the year 672 which gave its name to the place where it was crowned).
The siren has long lived relatively quiet.
Probably Arroyo de la Encomienda has followed the parable of the many centers of Castile flourishing around the eleventh century for relations with the Arabs but then destined to an inexorable decline with the 'Reconquista' and the disappearance of the Arabs.
Still in 1876, according to the 'Diccionario Geográfico de España' by Pascual Madoz, Arrojo of the Encomienda could count '14 houses but of construction so brief that perhaps it is better to call them huts'.
Then, in the last century, industrialization has arrived and Valladolid has expanded to include Arrojo della Encomienda and our peaceful bicaudal siren has found itself from one day to the next in the middle of a modern urban context.
In front of her, in the same window, a man who is about to be devoured by the lions from the head is certainly not less amazed.
On modillions ithyphallic a man in the company gryphons and other creatures, observe the strangeness of history to practice around.
With the serenity of those with a long history behind them, they observe the unraveling of modern urban living, probably wondering why they are so agitated.