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Gothic Splendor Of Spain
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This is an exterior view of part of the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, a Roman Catholic cathedral in Toledo, Spain. The cathedral of Toledo is one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered, in the opinion of some authorities, to be the highest achievement of the Gothic style in Spain. It was begun in 1226 under the rule of Ferdinand III and the last Gothic contributions were made in the 15th century when, in 1493, the vaults of the central nave were finished during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. Seen on an angle here is the Portal of Forgiveness, part of the main facade of the cathedral. The Portal of Forgiveness belongs to the 15th century�it was begun under the direction of Alvar Matinez in 1418. It is so called because indulgences were granted to penitents who entered through it. These days it is always closed and is used only on special occasions and upon the investiture of new archbishops of the primate cathedral. It has one great arch with six Gothic archivolts, which are ornamental moldings or bands following the curve on the underside of an arch.
FEATURED PHOTO, USA Artist News LIMIT 1 Daily group, 1/27/13
January 26th, 2013
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