Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Early Christian Architecture of Spain

When one thinks of the Christian architecture of Spain, I believe many of us have a tendency to immediately think of Spanish baroque -- and almost exclusively. But of course, there is much more than this to be found in Catholic Spain. Earlier this year, we showed a little bit of mediaeval Spanish architecture, the Iglesia de San Román in Toledo, and for some time, I've intended to show more of the earlier architecture of Christian Spain.

Here, for example, is the Iglesia del Cristo de la Luz in Toledo, which is actually a former mosque built in the year 999, later converted into a Christian church. It was after this that the apse was added to the original building.

As well, I wished to share with readers some images from the remains of the 7th-8th century visigothic Ermita de Santa María (Quintanilla de las Viñas).

First, to give some context here is what we are seeing:

Here then are some details of this fascinating structure:

Finally, I wished to show this delightful little church of San Pedro de la Nave in El Campillo, Spain.

Image sources: Skyscraper City #1, Skyscraper City #2 and Wikipedia

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