ARCHITECT, Spanish
(active early 13th century in Burgos)

Exterior view

1200-10
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Cistercian convent church, Las Huelgas

The Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas is a monastery of Cistercian nuns located west of the city of Burgos in Spain. The abbey was founded in 1187 by Alfonso VIII of Castile, at the behest of his wife, Eleanor of England, daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. In 1199 the monastery was incorporated into the Cistercian Order and became the burial place of the royal family. The church dates only from the early 13th century. It imitates French models from the region around Laon, while some of the rather more complicated vault shapes indicate that the Gothic architecture of the Loire region was also known.




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