You should believe in the resurrection if you live in Portomarín. It is a lovely Spanish town that sits on the banks of the Miño River. The river is broad here; broad enough to suggest something more is afoot. That is exactly the case. In the 1960s the flow of the Miño was dammed to create the Belesar Reservoir. But before old Portomarín slipped beneath the rising flood, portions of the town were dismantled and moved. Bricks and blocks were numbered, carried upslope one by one, and reassembled on the new site.

Among the resurrected is the 12th century Church of San Xoán pictured here. It is a robust structure built in Romanesque style, originally designed to as a fortress-church. As such, it shares features of each: rose colored windows perforate thick walls topped by battlements.

The Church of San Xoán is associated with the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Buen caminó!

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I invite you to join us this winter in Galilee, Israel. We will be hiking the Jesus Trail between Jan 8-16, 2019. This trip is facilitated by the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies and is a bargain at only $2,588 from New York. For more details click here or contact me at