Found project: Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela


    Project : Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    Language variant : Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

    Architect : Bernard the Elder & Galperinus & Bernard the Younger (et al.)

    Completion: 1211

    Locality : Santiago de Compostela

    Country : Spain

    Building style : Romanesque

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    Description :

    The early Romanesque period in Spain has nothing to equal the immense basilica of Santiago de Compostela, which stands at the end of the pilgrimage road. Originally it had no less than nine towers, two on either side of the three facades, two in the angles between nave and transepts, and a central lantern tower over the crossing. Although most of the exterior is hidden now by a Baroque trappings, the interior is unaltered, and the most impressive of all Romanesque interiors in the Peninsula.

    Whatever the date of the building (before St. Sernin at Toulouse or not), and whatever the nationality of the original architects (they bore the very French names of Bernard and Robert), the style is unquestionably French. Both Santiago and St. Sernin are derived from the same source, the Auvergnat type of church as represented by St. Etienne at Nevers, which was built between 1063 and 1097.

    The only original facade still surviving at Santiago is the Puerta de las Platerias, or the south transept facade, dated 1103. The figure sculpture is the masterpiece of an unknown sculptor.

    The famous Portico de la Gloria, which was added to the west end of the Cathedral late in the 12th century is undoubtedly one of the supreme products of Romanesque in all Europe. The sculptures of this huge triple portico seem to represent the whole Heavenly Host breaking into song.

    Bevan, Bernard: History of Spanish architecture. B. T. Batsford, London 1938, pp. 60–61.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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