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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Comments (210)

Seima I on November 25, 2013

Beautiful architecture!!


Greetings from Japan,SEIMA

Lucien Kivit on November 26, 2013

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

Käptn Iso on December 6, 2013

Beautiful place and picture LF :-)

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.


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

Beautiful picture of fantastic decoration this church. like

With wishes all the best from Zygmunt

Lucien Kivit on March 26

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

AndyUrbina 14 days ago

Impresionante e imponente arquitectura! LIKE. Saludos cordiales

Lucien Kivit 10 days ago

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

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