Santa María la Real Church

Sangüesa, Spain

Santa María la Real Church is one of the most representative works of the Navarre Romanesque. It is built on the site of a Romanesque temple with three bodies from which the apses are preserved. Another Cistercian-style church was added later. The most outstanding part is the main front, with great iconographic wealth, especially the statues-columns, and there are scenes from the Old and New Testaments in the reliefs. The inside of the temple houses a Gothic image of Santa María de Rocamador and the Main Renaissance reredos, by Jorge de Flandes, as well as a Processional Monstrance from the 14th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Jose Ignacio Bermejo (3 years ago)
The outside a joy, but closed for a long time, I think
Jose Maria Gonzalez (3 years ago)
Very interesting
ROBERTO SOLE (Baurk) (3 years ago)
Alfonso "el Batallador", King of Navarra and Aragon, after founding the town of Sangüesa la Nueva in 1122, raised the need for the construction of a church in this new town. This was built next to the bridge that allows crossing the Aragón river, the church being a strategic location in the defense of the town from the 14th century. Internally it has a construction that follows the model of the Cathedral of Jaca. This church has a Romanesque plan with three naves without a marked transept and a triple apse with semi-circular apses. It was at the end of the 13th century when the enormous dome of this church was raised. Since January 17, 1889, this church is listed as a National Monument.
Siempre unico (Vincent Van Good) (3 years ago)
One of the reasons why you should not miss visiting Sangüesa is because of the Romanesque Church of Santa María La Real. The great jewel of this town is this temple, which mainly stands out for its wonderful façade, from the late 12th century. This true stone altarpiece presents a variegated set of elements. Two great masters took part in it: that of San Juan de la Peña who works the upper part and Leodegarius, to whom the lower part is attributed. In the upper gallery, dedicated to heaven, Christ appears surrounded by the symbols of the evangelists, Tetramorphs, accompanied by two angels and the twelve Apostles. The lower part is dedicated to the Last Judgment, with Christ judging men at the tympanum in the presence of the Apostles and the Virgin as intercessor. In the archivolts that frame the tympanum, a series of sculptures are made that represent the entire medieval society: warriors, clergymen, pilgrims, musicians, artisans, and all the vices and virtues are also reflected. Once inside, we can clearly observe, due to its construction in different stages over several centuries, the transition from Romanesque to Gothic. The first data on the church date back to 1131, the year in which Alfonso I the Battler donated his palace to the Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, so that they built the church of the new borough on the same site. The three apses of the head would date from this time. At the end of the 13th century, over the transept, the monumental octagonal dome was raised, placing the crenellated tower on it in the 14th century as a strategic position for the defense of the town. The tower is a highly visual element from anywhere outside. In the 14th century it underwent the first extension of the church with what was then the Royal Chapel, today known as the Chapel of San Miguel. Already in the 16th century, the work on the church was completed with the chapel of La Piedad and the choir that stood at the foot of it.
Diego Zalbidea González (3 years ago)
A gem of a place. Convey peace and comfort. You feel God close.
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