A Spanish TV show brought Tavalán’s ‘Evil Angels’ to national attention. It now hopes their restoration will help revive the shrinking rural town

Few paths to perdition are quite as pleasant as the one that weaves through the small town of Talaván, passing a 16th century church studded with storks’ nests and skirting lush fields of livestock before ending at a walled garden long abandoned to pokeweed, lovage and the elements.

There is no sulphur and no brimstone, only the scent of rain on grass and gravestone; no shrieks of the roasting damned, only the soothing muttering of sheep and goats.

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