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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Cistercian abbey of Las Huelgas was founded in 1187 by Alfonso VIII of Castile (reigned 1158-1214) and Queen Eleanor. Its site, next to the royal palace, was an unusual choice for a Cistercian foundation; and only aristocratic young women from the kingdom were admitted as nuns. The monastery was wealthy, and for many centuries the abbess played an important part in the economic and political life of Castile. The church is built of limestone and has a cruciform plan with a narrow, projecti…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The church forms part of the premises of the monastery of Benedictine nuns, which was founded in the mid-10th century and subsisted as it was until the 19th century (dissolved 1835). The church, which dates from the pre-Romanesque period, preserves part of the 10th century Greek cross and Corinthian capitals. The small bell-tower, called Los Pájaros, is also from the Romanesque period. The Gothic period dates from 1147-1322, with other 16th century additions. The complex was damaged and partl…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
    Record Visibility:
    Public