Spanish Gothic architecture

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Gothic cathedrals in Spain
Saint John of The Kings in Toledo

Spanish Gothic architecture is the style of architecture prevalent in Spain in the Late Medieval period.

The Gothic style started in Spain as a result of Central European influence in the twelfth century when late Romanesque alternated with few expressions of pure Gothic architecture. The High Gothic arrives with all its strength via the pilgrimage route, the Way of Saint James, in the thirteenth century. Some of the most pure Gothic cathedrals in Spain, closest related to the German and French Gothic, were built at this time.

The Gothic style was sometimes adopted by the Mudéjar architects, who created a hybrid style, employing European techniques and Spanish-Arab decorations. The most important post−thirteenth-century Gothic styles in Spain are the Levantino, characterized by its structural achievements and the unification of space, and the Isabelline Gothic, under the Catholic Monarchs, that predicated a slow transition to Renaissance style architecture.

Sequence of Gothic styles in Spain[edit]

The designations of styles in Spanish Gothic architecture are as follows. Dates are approximate.

  • Early Gothic (twelfth century)
  • High Gothic (thirteenth century)
  • Mudéjar Gothic (from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries)
  • Levantino Gothic (fourteenth century)
  • Flamboyant/Late Gothic (fifteenth century)
  • Isabelline Gothic (fifteenth century)

Examples[edit]

Early Gothic[edit]

High Gothic[edit]

Mudéjar Gothic[edit]

Levantino Gothic[edit]

Catalan Gothic[edit]

Flamboyant/Late Gothic[edit]

Isabelline Gothic[edit]

Modern Spanish Gothic[edit]

See also[edit]