Iglesia de San Benito El Real, Valladolid

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The Church of the Monastery of San Benito el Real is a parish church and former Benedictine monastery located in the city of Valladolid, in Castile and León, Spain.
It was erected at the site of the old Royal Alcázar of Valladolid and designed originally in Gothic style; although the façade, with its gate-tower shape, was designed in 1569 in a Renaissance-influenced style by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. Originally, the towers flanking the entrance were considerably taller, but these were shortened in the 19th century due to concerns about their structural integrity.
The church was built using stone from 1499 to 1515, following plans of Juan de Arandia and García de Olave. It is organized by three naves, which end in three polygonal apses without a crossing. The aisles are tall, with minimal height difference with the center nave, creating a space that suggests a single church-hall, more common in the first half of 16th century.
The interior is lit through large oculi, that it open in the wall of the lateral nave of the side of the Epistle and in the apses. Originally, there were also some holes in the central nave, covered following the lifting of the rooftops towards 1580. In the section of the feet is the high choir, covering the three naves of the church.
The exterior of the building has thick walls of limestone (extracted from quarries near Valladolid, like Villanubla, Zaratán or Campaspero) and large windows that illuminate the spacious interior. The side facades are articulated by buttresses that counteract the thrust of the vaults with terceletes with which it is covered on the inside. The pillars that divide the naves are baquetonates. It can be seen that the closer sections to the head have decorated capitals and cornices, which disappears in the sections of the feet, more austere. This may be due to the search for a cheaper budget as advanced the works, begun by the head, to the medieval custom.
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  • Not particularly ornate, but charming in it’s own way. Very high ceilings. Extremely large, and very empty on this date. Simple. A place to worship. 
    Not particularly ornate, but charming in it’s own way. Very high ceilings. Extremely large, and very empty on this date. Simple. A place to worship.  more »
  • This is old building , connection with history and religio, so beautiful view inside. Entrance free. Open from 11.00 
    This is old building , connection with history and religio, so beautiful view inside. Entrance free. Open from 11.00  more »
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  • Very powerful preaching! Kudos to the priest who officiated the mass on 10 Nov at 11 am.
  • Nice place to visit, the ceiling is absolutely worth taking a picture!

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