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Burgos Cathedral: Interior view, Capilla Mayor looking towards apse, altar and retable

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posted on 2017-07-05, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
The altarpiece (retable or retablo) of the apse of the central chapel was sculpted by the brothers Rodrigo and Mart\u00EDn de la Haya in a Renaissance or Mannerist style, 1562-1580; it was polychromed in 1593.\u000a\u000aThe foundation stone of the present building, dedicated to the Virgin, was laid by Bishop Maurice of Burgos (reigned 1217-1238) on 20 July 1221. The cathedral is indebted to the design of Bourges Cathedral. In the French High Gothic context the cathedral's plan and elevation are old-fashioned. Since Burgos was on the pilgrimage route to Galicia, however, they make the cathedral a latter-day pilgrimage church, with its three fa\u00E7ades, gallery and extra chapels. In the 15th and 16th centuries the building was transformed. First spires were added to the western towers between 1442 and 1458 by Juan de Colonia, then sepulchral chapels were built, and lastly the crossing was given a cimborio. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

Alt Title

Catedral de Burgos

Date Created

1910-01-01

Date Modified

2017-07-05

Spatial Coverage

Burgos, Burgos, Spain: Plaza Santa María Burgos +42.340806-3.704472

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

['Gothic (Medieval)', 'Flamboyant']

Rights Statement

To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.

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