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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CATEDRALES


Spain post issued a postage stamp featuring cathedrals of Spain.

The cathedral of Segovia began to be built in 1525 following the design of Juan Gil de Hontañon during the reign of Charles V to replace an earlier cathedral which had been destroyed in 1520 during the War of the Comunidades. It is of a late gothic style and in its construction were also involved Gil de Hontañon’s son Rodrigo, who designed the transept and the head and Juan de Gruas who built the cloister.
The plan and construction of this magnificent temple has the traditional three naves and chapels located between the buttresses, which are closed with wrought iron bars of great beauty and artistic value. In the transept there is a big dome and at the head there is a retrochoir and seven polygonal chapels. Its external appearance is of remarkable beauty and monumentality enhanced by the pinnacles, flying buttresses and magnificent tower measuring around 90 meters and forming an impressive array surrounding the light, bare and uncluttered domed interior.

Title: CATEDRALES
Date of Issue: 15 July 2010
Country: Spain
Denominations: 2,75 €