Crucero y cimborrio – Catedral de Santa María de Burgos by neobit

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Sobre la intersección de las naves mayor y transversal se levanta el cimborrio del crucero, de cincuenta metros de altura, con doble cuerpo de luces y asombrosa bóveda de estrella calada, que permite el paso de la luz cenital. Lo construyó Juan de Vallejo entre 1540 y 1568 posiblemente inspirado en el anterior que construyeron Juan y Simón de Colonia, terminado hacia 1495 y que se derrumbó en 1539. Aunque fue construido en pleno renacimiento contiene concesiones y recuerdos del gótico tardío, hábilmente armonizados con el perfil gótico de la Catedral. Es todo él un prodigio de escultura, tanto en estatuas exentas como en relieve; más de cien estatuas se distribuyen en todo su ámbito exterior e interior. De él decía Felipe II, absorto en su contemplación , “que más parecía obra de ángeles que de hombres”.
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The dome of the crossing which is about fifty metres high rises up above the intersection of the Great Nave and the Transversal Nave. It has a double body of lights and an amazing pierced stellar vault, which permits the entry of light from above. It was built by Juan de Vallejo between 1540 and 1568 may well have been inspired by an earlier dome built by Juan and Simón de Colonia, which was finished around 1495 and collapsed in 1539. Although it was built in the midst of the Renaissance period, it still makes some concessions to Late Gothic and skilfully blends in with the Gothic profile of the Cathedral. The sculpture-work is awesome, both in terms of free-standing statues and in relief carving; over 100 statues can be seen inside and outside the Cathedral. King Philip II said while rapt in admiration of the building “that it seemed more the work of angels than of men”.

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