Parroquia de Andra Mari

Parish publication from around 1993

This short work set out to to describe, without any special documentation or accuracy, the history of our Parish of Bakio, which, as is common in our country, does not have a well-documented history. Over time, however, it has established itself as the heart of the community, still beating just as strongly today as back then, attested to by the effort of local residents in building and maintaining it, whilst administering its assets and attending religious services held there.

Built in the 10th century by local residents, themselves farmers and fishermen, it has undergone many modifications over the years. The Parish has been an ongoing indicator of the times of day and night, and has been witness to the most important events in the town.

The Parish has been a permanent indicator of the hours of the day and of the night, and the most important events of the village have happened through the same one. Its people have saddened or have rejoiced, demonstrating with the flip of its bells, pealing or striking the same ones, to indicate the neighbours their hours of worship, calls to deceased, weddings, communions or baptisms, requests of help in fires, floods, catastrophes or urgent needs.

It has rejoiced and suffered with its people through the tolling of its bells, chiming or pealing to call residents to worship, or announcing deaths, weddings, communions and christenings. The bells could also represent a call for help during fires, floods or other catastrophes and urgent needs. The church is a vital place for many things as well as to give thanks for their work, health, peace and happiness, or to ask for the best for their deceased.

There, residents could go to worship on festive days or meet in its portico, in order to exchange opinions, share news, make new friends or strengthen old friendships, indeed, more than one of these encounters will undoubtedly have even led to marriage.

Vista panorámica The portico provided people with shelter and protection, either from the sun and the heat or from the rain and the cold, whilst its shade provided an area for entertainment and rest to comment on the latest harvest, fishing news or other things that had happened during the week, the very essence of village life.

Although this Parish does not stand out for any particular architectural feature, it is simply the Parish of Santa Maria de la Asuncion and one of many which can be found throughout our land. However, it is characterised for the partition walls of untreated sandstone, the masonry walls with decorated corners, a roof of wood and tiles and a series of details of different styles, which we shall try to explain and which will allow us to see how they have evolved over time.

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