Santa María La Antigua, Valladolid

#3 of 22 in Historic Sites in Valladolid
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Church of Saint Mary the Ancient is a 12th-century church in Valladolid, central Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1897.HistoryUnder the current building foundations have been found remains of a Roman hypocaustum. The church was likely founded in 1095 by Count Pedro Ansúrez, although there are no remains of this original structure. The oldest parts of the current temple date to the late 12th century: the gallery in the northern side of the building and the tower, both in Romanesque style. The tower, one of the symbols of Valladolid, has four floors, the upper three featuring windows, and a pyramidal top.The naves and sanctuary of the church were rebuilt in the 14th century in Gothic style, following the style of Burgos Cathedral. The church has three aisles, with three polygonal apses and a transept. The nave and the aisles are rib vaulted.Due to a poor foundation, too next to the Esgueva River, and the increasing size of the parish population, the building underwent successive additions and reparations: in the mid-16th century, architect Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón restored the collapsing building, adding buttresses and several windows.Also from this period date the high altar retablo, by Juan de Juni (1550-1562; now in the Valladolid Cathedral). Several Baroque altarpieces were executed for the church's interior during the 17th and 18th centuries, hiding the original Gothic appearance.
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  • Beautiful architecture, but simple in nature. Easy to find in the middle of town. The surrounding gardens offer a view not available on most of the chuches in Spain.  more »
  • The outside of this Romanesque church is jus beautiful. It has a very tall sturdy tower with four floors. The first part of the church was built in the 12th century, and the rest of the church is...  more »
  • SUPER BIEN ...SUPER BONITO!!! This is a great place!!!
  • Emblematic place of Valladolid. A sober-style church. It is a church of great importance in Holy Week.
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