Church of the Royal monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Spain

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The monastery, whose architecture evolved throughout many centuries, is still dominated by the templo mayor, or the main church, built by Alfonso XI and his immediate successors in the 14th and 15th centuries. The square chapel of Santa Catalina is also of the 15th century; it is known for a cluster of ornate 17th-century tombs. The 16th-century reliquaries chapel connects Santa Catalina with the baroque sacristy (1638-47), lavishly decorated and boasting a series of paintings by Zurbarán.

Behind the basilica is Camarin de la Virgen, an octagonal baroque structure (1687-96) with the impressive stuccoed Chamber of the Virgin and nine paintings by Luca Giordano. The jewel of this profusely ornamented hall is a throne containing the statue of the Madonna which gave the monastery its name.

Other notable structures include the Mudéjar cloister (1389-1405), with the magnificent Plateresque portal; the late Gothic cloister from 1531-33, and the new church, commissioned by one of Columbus's descendants in 1730. Regrettably, the palace of Isabella I of Castile (1487-91) was pulled down in 1856.

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Lucien Kivit on December 7, 2013

Käptn Iso , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

cahit Arpacık on December 14, 2013

Beautiful architecture and nice photo.

YS & LIKE

Greetings from Turkey, Cahit.

Lucien Kivit on December 15, 2013

Cahit , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Zygmunt Borowski on March 24, 2014

Beautiful picture of fantastic decoration this church. like

With wishes all the best from Zygmunt

Lucien Kivit on March 26, 2014

Zygmunt , thank you for your kind comment and like , greetings Lucien

AndyUrbina on June 28, 2014

Impresionante e imponente arquitectura! LIKE. Saludos cordiales

Lucien Kivit on July 2, 2014

AndyUrbina , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

elakramine on August 23, 2014

Fantastic Shot ! , YSL: 35/103

Best wishes from Morocco, elakramine

Lucien Kivit on August 25, 2014

Elakramine , thank you for your kind comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Chinappi on November 3, 2014

I LIKE this photo.

I am very happy for your visit and your comments. Thank you very much for them.

Greetings.

Bernard.

Lucien Kivit on November 5, 2014

Bernard. , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

ROSTAMDALILA on December 3

Krásný záběr nádherné katedrály!

Mnoho srdečných pozdravů z Potštejn zasílá Jarda!

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Lucien Kivit on December 5

ROSTAMDALILA , thank you for your kind comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Paolo P L on April 22

like,fav una facciata bellissima e ben fotografata.

Lucien Kivit on April 25

Paolo P L , thank you for your kind comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

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