Photographer's Note

The Central Nave and La Capilla Mayor of the Catedral Nueva of Salamanca looks beautiful from the gallery.
There is an aweful lot to see in the two cathedrals, but we must not miss climbing the narrow stone stairs to the gallery from where the view of the central nave was amazing. Light was of course low with natural light from the stained glass windows on the opposite side and from the openings in the dome and the transcept above.
Short History of Catedral Nueva:
Building began in 1513 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1733. It was commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile of Spain. The building began at a time when the gothic style was becoming less popular and was merging with the new Renaissance style, giving the resulting Plateresco style in Spain. However, this cathedral retained more of its Gothic character because the authorities wanted the new cathedral to blend with the old one. Thus the new cathedral was constructed, continuing with Gothic style during the 17th and 18th centuries. However, during the 18th century, two elements were added that broke with the showy form with the predominant style of the building: a Baroque cupola on the transept and the final stages of the bell tower (92 m).
Juan de Álava worked principally in Salamanca, where between 1520 and 1535 directed the works of this New Cathedral of Salamanca, and whose facade he decorated with varied renaissance-ish elements of medieval influence where saint’s statues in encrusted shelves were the most typical. They are built in famous Villamayor Stone; which its quarry is to the west of Salamanca, and which has been very prolific in our monuments.

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