ARCHITECT, Spanish
(active after 1477 in León)

Interior view

begun 1477
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Cathedral of Santa María, Astorga

Church building in the 16th century represents a high point of Spanish Gothic architecture. Cities such as Salamanca, Segovia, and Plasencia were erecting breathtaking new cathedrals in the Late Gothic style, while in Palencia the building of the 14th century was continued without the slightest discontinuity of style.

The flourishing of Late Gothic church architecture started with the Cathedral of Santa María at Astorga. Begun in 1471 as a nave and aisles with no transept but with three polygonal apses, it appears to hark back structurally to German models.