Why do we recommend San Juan Bautista church?
This church was begun in Romanesque style and work continued through the 13&14C in Gothic. It
was extended in the 16C and further in the 17&18C. On of a Latin cross
groundplan, it has a nave, two aisles, three apses and a large Gothic chapel. The S.
portal is 12C Romanesque with sculptures of the Annunciation. The Gothic tower is
fortified and may have been part of the town defences. The baroque high altar
dates from 1694 and is by Francisco Jimenez. There are many interesting works of
art in the church, including a Christ, a Mater Dolorosa and a St John
baptistery, all 15C. The Renaissance choir stalls are by Esteban Bertin and Nicolás
von Harlem and date from 1558. The sacristy, which has wall paintings by Pedro
Baldini, has some fine Renaissance furniture. The Capilla Nuestra Señora del Pilar
stands on the site of the original main entrance; it is an octagonal baroque structure
of 1732-40 by Juan Bautista de Arbaya There is a 14C image of the Virgin M
(painted in 16- 17C) over the original portal.
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