Santa María La Antigua

Valladolid, Spain

Under the current Santa María La Antigua church foundations have been found remains of a Roman hypocaustum. The church was likely founded in 1095 by Count Pedro Ansúrez, although there are no remains of this original structure. The oldest parts of the current temple date to the late 12th century: the gallery in the northern side of the building and the tower, both in Romanesque style. The tower, one of the symbols of Valladolid, has four floors, the upper three featuring windows, and a pyramidal top.

The naves and sanctuary of the church were rebuilt in the 14th century in Gothic style, following the style of Burgos Cathedral. The church has three aisles, with three polygonal apses and a transept. The nave and the aisles are rib vaulted.

Due to a poor foundation, too next to the Esgueva River, and the increasing size of the parish population, the building underwent successive additions and reparations: in the mid-16th century, architect Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón restored the collapsing building, adding buttresses and several windows.

Also from this period date the high altar retablo, by Juan de Juni (1550-1562; now in the Valladolid Cathedral). Several Baroque altarpieces were executed for the church's interior during the 17th and 18th centuries, hiding the original Gothic appearance.

In the early 20th century the building was extensively restored and rebuilt in order to show its original Romanesque-Gothic appearance, following the doctrines of the French architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.



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Founded: 1095
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Maria Gal (7 months ago)
I like it, but the visitors who are planning to visit after eating, find everything closed until 5 in the afternoon, a shame to be short on time and not be able to take advantage of it as in other cities, which keep their monuments open on weekends also at noon.
Jorge Domínguez (12 months ago)
Very nice building with the tallest tower in Spain of that type, inside it could not be visited because it was Monday and it was closed to the public. Around it is a whole garden area with many bars.
Aitor Ingelmo (2 years ago)
Undoubtedly, the hallmark of the religious buildings in the city center. Nice to see both outside and inside. Limestone, clean for a few years. Several architectural styles, and a very pleasant environment. Built on what was the first church in the city, which gave rise to the foundation of the town, 1000 years ago.
anibal pizarro (3 years ago)
Beautiful church with its tower on one side and surrounded by gardens and hopefully if it is open you can visit it.
antonio manuel bermejo zamorano (3 years ago)
A show of church and surroundings of Valladolid.
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