Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above an ancestral church in Europe

I post a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in Spain.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #298?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This church is St. Nicolas de Bari in the tiny village of Sinovas, Burgos, Spain.  It has a population of 134 according to the 2010 census!  This is the village where my father-in-law, Vicente Rojo Benito, was born and the church where he was baptized in 1931.  I have looked at the church records from this parish and traced all the ROJO family back to a Manuel Rojo (born about 1750) and his wife Juana Arauzo, both of Sinovas, and their son, Tomas Rojo, who was baptized here on 7 March 1783.  There are no earlier church records in the parish office, nor at the archbishop's archives in Burgos.  The people of Sinovas think that the earlier parish records were hidden during the Napoleonic wars and never returned to the church.

This church was built in the 1200s AD.  The bell tower (on the left) was built in the 11th century as a defensive structure.  The church was declared a national monument on 9 July 1964.  It was recently renovated and the ceiling frescos on the inside were restored.

The weather vane is a simple arrow, with no cardinal letters to show wind direction. Above the weather vane is an ornate iron cross.  Weathervanes are not common in Spain, but if you see one it will probably be on a church.

Three generations of our family
visited this church in 2016

Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above an ancestral church in Europe", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 15, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

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