Santa María Magdalena de Zamora

Zamora, Spain

Built in the 12th century, Santa María Magdalena is a small Romanesque church of the Templars. At their suppression, it was given to the Venerable Order of Saint John. The exterior features a deeply recessed south entrance, with circular arches and shafts, as well as ornate Romnnesque work. The rose window, formed with small columns, is similar to the Temple Church in London.

The interior includes canopied tombs dating to the 13th century, supported by spiral and fluted shafts. Against the north wall, there is a tomb under a canopy supported by three shafts. The sepulchre itself is plain, carved with a cross; the effigy of its occupant is carved, as if lying on a bed, out of a bold block of stone, and inserted in the wall; above this is the soul (in the shape of a head with wings) supported by angels.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Paco M.F. (2 years ago)
My favorite Romanesque church in Zamora. You have to try to see it when there are no people. The indoor environment is second to none. The sepulcher that is supposed to be Doña Urraca de Portugal is a masterful work. The southern doorway with its mostly plant decoration invites you to stop for a while.
MLuz Monteiro (2 years ago)
Fabulous church for its antiquity, conservation and description, both for the space it occupies and for the simplicity of its architecture, which dates back to the 12th century. But the main façade, with its monumental portal, deserves five stars. It was a pity that I didn't have time to visit the interior. A work at the level of the Templars...
Jose Pastor (2 years ago)
Beautiful Romanesque church, built in two phases (Romanesque-Gothic) during the 12th and 13th centuries. Attributed to the architect Geral Fruchel, who contributed to the completion of the Avila Cathedral, among other notable works. Hospitallers, Templars and the order of San Juan passed through his administration. Its beauty and clean lines, as well as its conservation as a national monument, beautify Zamora without a doubt. We have to see it.
Miguel Ángel Terrero (2 years ago)
It is another of the Romanesque churches in the city of Zamora, although elements from the Gothic period can already be glimpsed. Located in the so-called Rua de los Francos since it is attributed to them that they lived in the city and were able to promote the construction of the temple. Its unique nave with a rectangular floor plan and considerable height is striking, as well as one of its doors with magnificently decorated and preserved archivolts.
R. Angel Ñ (2 years ago)
It's almost always closed, but it's ok when you can see it
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