ARCHITECT, Visigothic
(active 8th century in Burgos)

Interior view

8th century
Santa Maria, Quintanilla de las Viñas (Burgos)

Several churches in northern Spain, possibly of the 8th century, might be considered Visigothic. The most interesting is the partial ruin of Santa Maria at Quintanilla de las Viñas near Burgos. The transept and square sanctuary of the church still stand, but the nave and the rest of the building are gone. It now has a timber truss roof. The stone is grey–blue with streaks of dark orange.

Inside are several pieces of relief carving, each with representations of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or angels and the sun. Some of these marble slabs serve as impost blocks for the columns and capitals of the east wall.

The carving on the interior slabs is in a style that may be found at this time over a wide area: Italy and France in sculpture, Ireland and northern England in manuscript illumination.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.