MORA, Juan Gómez de
(b. 1586, Madrid, d. 1648, Madrid)

External view

begun 1617
Jesuit college of La Clerecia, Salamanca

The first major structure built under the direction of Juan Gómez de Mora was the Clerecia Jesuit college in Salamanca. endowed by Philip III and Joanna of Austria. This building dominated the town, an immediate and intimidating neighbour to the cathedral, university, and Dominican monastery. Begun in 1617 with plans drawn up by Juan Gómez de Mora, the complex of church, college, and monastery was not completed until the middle of the eighteenth century.

The interior of the church is defined by the ceremonial Tuscan order. The design is similar to the Gesù in Rome, a four-bay pilaster church with interconnecting chapels, a broad transept, a massive dome over the transept, and a straight choir termination.

The picture shows the interior of the church.

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