Sant Climent de Taüll, Catalonia, Spain

Sant Climent de Taüll is a Roman Catholic church in the town of Taüll, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia. The church was dedicated in the year 1123.

The church is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. It is known for its campanile and for its murals, which were removed to the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) (Barcelona) in 1922, to prevent the theft of the murals. The murals, which are frescos, were removed by painting them with horsehide glue and then peeling off the hardened glue, carrying the pigments of the mural with it.

Among the murals is a striking rendition of Christ Pantocrator. In his left hand he holds a book which reads “EGO SUM LUX MUNDI”, Latin for “I am the light of the world”. On his right and left are the Greek letters alpha and omega.

This church is part of the Catalan Romanesque churches of the Vall de Boí which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 2000.

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