|The cimborrio in the transept|
Back in early December an opportunity to visit Burgos finally presented itself to me: I would take the day train out here before transferring to a bus on my way to Logroño to visit my friend Mike. I’ll be talking more on the region of La Rioja in the days to come, but safe to say I was delighted to explore what is now one of my top ten favorite cathedrals in Spain.
The cathedral was built between 1221 and 1260 in what was then called simply the “French Style.” Inspired by designs from the other side of the Pyrenees Mountains, French Gothic architecture slowly made its way across the Camino de Santiago and influenced both the cathedral here in Burgos and further west in León, whose cathedral wows visitors with wall-to-wall stained glass.
And the star (ahem) of the show was the cimborrio over the high altar, a huge “lantern” with two stories of slender windows. The cimborrio was topped with an intricate screen of windows supported by a Mudéjar-style starry vaults; it felt like I was looking directly into heaven above.
|In the transept|
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