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Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Huerta

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Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Huerta


Basic Information

Location Tarazona, Spain
Country Spain
City Tarazona
Address Tarazona, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 41.9028,-1.7249


The Cathedral, dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Huerta, brings together a range of different styles from the early Gothic of the 13th century to its latest manifestations in the 15th century, to connect with the Renaissance of the 16th century, fitting in with the architectonic tradition of the Aragonese Mudejar. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.

The oldest part is the head from the second quarter of the 13th century, designed in line with the Gothic models of Northern France.

The vault of the main chapel is decorated with a cycle of grisaille carried out by Alonso González in 1562-1565, following the example of the Sistine chapel. The main retable in Roman style was put up between 1608-1614.

The dome, implemented by the architect Juan Lucas Botero in 1543-1545, has interior decoration comprising plasterwork by Alonso González in 1546-1549.

The main access to the temple is situated at the Northern arm of the transept. It is presided over by a masonry gateway by the sculptor Bernal del Fuego (1578-1585), protected by a vast Baroque portico built between 1733 and 1735 according to a design by the Carmelite architect Friar José Alberto Pina. The cloister is erected on the southern flank of the church. Put up between 1500 and 1529, it is one of the masterpieces of Aragonese Mudejar architecture at its final stage. The most prominent element is the complex system of plasterwork lining the large windows, largely reworked in the past century.

It is worth noting that its archives hold an interesting collection of parchments found in the covers of codices and manuscripts, mainly biblical, without forgetting a miscellaneous section (a page of the Haggadah, verses of the Moed Katan in the Talmud of Babylon, an annotated Midrash Rabbah and a treatise on medicine in Arab with Hebrew characters).

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