ARCHITECT, Spanish
(active around 1160 in León)

Interior view

1151-71
Photo
Collegiate church, Toro (Zamora)

In the south of the kingdom of León, the cathedrals of Zamora and Salamanca and the collegiate church of Toro were built around the middle of the twelfth century. All three have a number of features in common, indicating regionalism. The churches have most ostensibly in common that their crossings are each surmounted by a peculiar circular or domed tower known as "Cimborio."

The collegiate church of Santa Maria la Mayor in Toro is very similar to the cathedral of Zamora in its overall layout, but instead of the more modern groin vault, the central nave is covered by the traditional barrel-vaulted ceiling. But in contrast to Zamora, groin vaulting has been used in the side aisles, and each of the two western bays even features an eight-part rib vault.

The photo shows the interior view of the central tower.

View the ground plan of the collegiate church, Toro.




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