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Location Plasencia, Spain
Country Spain
City Plasencia
Address Plasencia, Spain

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Geographical Coordinates 40.0279,-6.0907


Santa Clara street gives out into the spacious triangle formed by Cathedral square, also connected with the Jewish universe by the figure of the converted bishop Gonzalo de Santa María and the carvings of Rodrigo Alemán who sculpted in the choir stalls of the old cathedral images which are very unorthodox front Christian standpoint, including some rabbis giving instructions to the Baby Jesus in the portrayal of the Birth of Christ

In actual fact, Plasencia Cathedral is the interrupted superimposing of two temples: the lack of financing left the remodelling commenced a century below incomplete in the 16th century which had been designed to reuse the materials of the old cathedral to build a new one which was much more monumental.

The old cathedral, or St. Mary´s Cathedral, is a good example of the transition from the Romanesque (with its shafts and chapters) to the Gothic (with its arches and large windows) and it began to be built in the 13th century under the orders of the masters Remondo, Diego Días, Gil de Cislar and Juan Francés to be completed in the 14th century. Three naves remain (the apse gave way to the new construction), the cloister (Cistercian with Gothic arches), the Romanesque Gateway from the western façade and, in particular, the extraordinary chapel of San Pablo, its old capitulary room, miraculously saved from absorption by the new structure. In the northern wing of the cloister you can perfectly see in an image which has stood still in time, the unfinished fusion of the two cathedrals.

The new catedral is from the 15th and 16th centuries and it has its own head and the arms of the Latin cross, but it doesn´t have the development of the naves. Designed at the initiative of don Gutierre Álvarez de Toledo, the son of the first Dukes of Alba, its first features were by Juan de Álava with subsequent interventions by Francisco de Colonia, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, Diego de Siloé and Alonso de Covarrubias. The upshot of this new Project are the northern and southern façades which allow us to imagine the spectacular nature of the new project.

The set of monuments in the cathedral square is complemented by the buildings of the Episcopal palace (from the 18th century), the St. Mary´s cultural complex (from the 14th century) and, at the confluence with Blanca street, of the set forming the house of the Deán (from the 17th century), now the Palace of Justice and the magnificent house of Doctor Trujillo (from the 15th century) in which the beautiful Gothic windows and the high gallery stand out with segmental arches.

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