Church of St Mary Magdalene

Tudela, Spain

Santa María Magdalena (St Mary Magdalene) was erected in the second half of the 12th century, perhaps on the site of a Mozarabic church. The sculpted portal is elaborately decorated with biblical scenes and those of daily life. The bell-tower is also Romanesque with a series of rounded arches. The interior has a 16th-century gilded retablo dedicated to Mary Magdalen. The chapels were built during the 16th and 17th centuries.



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Calle Portal 27, Tudela, Spain
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Jeronimo Corsaro (12 months ago)
Pequeña iglesia Románica bien conservada. Ha quedado exenta en una plaza un poco retirada de los circuitos habituales de la ciudad. Estaba cerrada a media tarde por lo que nos perdimos el interior. Para amantes del arte
Pol Baró Parras (2 years ago)
Strolling through the beautiful Tudela, you will find this beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. The church stands out for its exquisite and elaborate entrance door.
Pedro José CL (2 years ago)
11th century Romanesque gem
MIGUEL LOSTALE (3 years ago)
The only Romanesque building, which is complete in Tudela, is worth visiting and seeing the image of Santa Ana la Vieja, which leaves in procession on July 26 at seven in the morning.
susana jimenez (4 years ago)
The Magdalena Church is the greatest exponent of Romanesque architecture in Tudela (Navarra, Spain) .1 Its construction dates back to the mid-12th century (Romanesque), that is, it is contemporary with the Cathedral of Santa María, although this The last one took more years to complete. Over the centuries it has undergone numerous renovations, but due to a strong reconstruction, in which semi-detached houses and two brick chapels were demolished, without any history or art, it has remained practically, as it was granted in the 12th century. According to some experts, the construction stands on an old Mozarabic church. It is located between Portal, Caldereros and Fosal streets in the Old Town of Tudela. La Iglesia de la Magdalena is a sober and beautiful Romanesque building that presents a curious nave with an irregular layout and a deviated axis, probably following the arrangement of the original Mozarabic factory. The temple is divided into 7 sections, with a total of about 25 m in length, and reinforced with robust and binocular buttresses. The nave is covered with a pointed half-barrel vault, supported by strong scalloped arches and historiated capitals. The apse is not semicircular, as in most of the Romanesque temples of its time, but flat. It has two doors worthy of attention, the main one located at the foot of the nave and a lateral one (unused), located on the left. To the left of the main door is the Tower. In successive reforms, chapels such as that of Santa Ana (16th century) were opened. The main altarpiece, in Plateresque style, presides over the main altar, is the work of the sculptor Domingo de Segura, dates from the 16th century and is dedicated to the Magdalena. One of the curiosities of this church is that it belongs to the "crooked" head churches, that is, the apse is turned to the left of the nave. Some historians want to attribute this to the fact that the ship is the body of Christ, and the head is the turned head already dead on the cross.
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