Burgos Cathedral: Interior, arcade of the cloister with tombs along the side wall



By the time the cloister was conceived a distinctively Castilian Gothic style had appeared, half-Rayonnant, concerned with the display of sculpture.

The 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 façades, 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.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Catedral de Burgos

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Tombs

  • Architecture

  • Cathedrals

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Gothic (Medieval)

  • Flamboyant

Place of Creation
  • Burgos, Burgos, Spain: Plaza Santa María

  • Burgos

  • +42.340806-3.704472

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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