Murals worthy of admiration
Temple, national monument, distinguished and renowned for its murals belonging to the lineal XIV century Gothic style, Ximeno de Foces ordered its construction in 1249 for the family tomb. Donated in 1259 to the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, it belongs to the period of transition between the Romanesque and the Gothic.
You can see the real treasure on the side walls of the temple: four wall arches with their corresponding tombs in pairs, decorated with frescos in the lineal Gothic style (1302). They communicate through a sort of pointed triumphal archway. The southern side of the transept is mainly dedicated to the life of St. John the Baptist, and the northern side, to passages from the New Testament, including the Annunciation, the Adoration, the killing of the Innocents, and others ... The artist, the Maestro de Foces, used a mixed technique, starting off with the fresco and finishing abruptly with colours dissolved in oil, which gave great intensity to his paintings. It would seem that the paintings on the south side of the transept are from the Castile-Leon school, and those on the north side, from a school in Avignon (France). All this is incorporated into one sole nave with a transept and upper end of three apses that combine the Romanesque and Gothic styles in their architecture.
Data of interest
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