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Cathedral, Valencia Cathedral (1238)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: Valencia, Spain

Figure 1 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
Figure 2 ( Photographer: Lorella Brocklesby )
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Gothic, Renaissance

Primary Material(s):

Religious Building

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
11th Century, 1238

Additional Information:
Project Description:
Valencia Cathedral, Spain, is an exquisitely beautiful building with designs from many periods ranging from the mid 13th century until the 18th and later. Remarkable are the ribs over the nave and, in particular, the spectacular star vaulting which is shown here. The pulpit is carved with quatrefoil motifs and these were very common motifs in the medieval period. They were used again in the gothic revival period and can be seen on the facade of the church on the corner of 5th Avenue and 12th street. Medieval cathedrals (depending on the ecclesiastical order) were joyously colorful, and so much of that color has been obliterated with age. However, the Renaissance paintings at Valencia over the altar give you an idea of the sumptuousness.

Publications/Texts in Print:
Borngässer, Barbara. Cathedrals and Churches of Europe. H.F.Ullmann Publishing, 2015.

Erlande-Brandenburg, Alain. The Cathedral: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Construction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Parragon Books. Churches and Cathedrals: 1700 Years of Sacred Architecture. New York: Parragon Books, 2009.

Building Address:
Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Spain

Significant Dates:
1774: Renovation started and directed by the architect Antoni Gilabert Fornés.
1931: the church was declared a historic and artistic landmark by the Spanish government.
1972: Another restoration occurred that removed added Neoclassical elements in order to recover the original Gothic architecture.

Significant Designers:
Konrad Rudolf: designed the main door of the cathedral, known as the Iron gate, in 1703.

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