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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anibal pizarro (2 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 (2 years ago)
A show of church and surroundings of Valladolid.
xose luis (2 years ago)
A church of the pretty
George Georgiadis (3 years ago)
Beautiful building in the centre of Valladolid
Jose Luis Miguel (3 years ago)
Es una pequeña joya. Después de la limpieza que se ha efectuado e iluminada el interior es precioso
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