Ávila Cathedral: Interior detail, trascoro by Giraldo



Lucas Giraldo (fl 1529-1544), a follower of Vasco de la Zarza, carved the trascoro (choir screen; 1531-1536) with the Infancy of Christ and rich Plateresque decoration.

Building began with the five ambulatory chapels enclosed by the semicircular wall that formed part of the city ramparts. The design draws on Burgundian sources, but it also shows a wider awareness of Early Gothic experiments in northern France. The double ambulatory with slender columns is derived from Saint-Denis Abbey and other Ile-de-France buildings. In the 13th century a sacristy with a complex rib vault, a chapter house with eight-part vault and squinches and a cloister were added, but construction slowed in the nave. Juan Guas was commissioned for a chapel in the cloister in 1471, and Martín de Solórzano designed the library (Capilla del Cardenal) in 1495. Other Renaissance work was done up to 1603.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Catedral del Salvador, Ávila

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Decorative arts

  • Cathedral

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Renaissance

  • Gothic (Medieval)

  • Romanesque

Place of Creation
  • Ávila

  • +40.65582-4.697245

  • Ávila, Ávila, Spain

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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