The Altarpiece Museum is housed in a temple without worship built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in Gothic style. The Archbishop of Burgos decided to move the worship of the Church of San Esteban to the Church of San Nicolás in order to house the Museum of the Altarpiece.
The building that houses the Museum of the Altarpiece, Church of San Esteban, has three naves with simple ribbed vaults, features a cloister and Chapter Room. Inside are the tombs, the choir and pulpit and outside highlights the facade-tower where there is a rosette with artistic influences of the Cathedral of Burgos.
The Altarpiece Museum is located in the Church of San Esteban, Gothic temple belonging to the Archbishop of Burgos
At the Altarpiece Museum are exposed 18 altarpieces in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These altars are mainly of late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Some of the altarpieces come from different parishes in the Diocese of Burgos, that for maintenance and protection were transferred to the Church of San Esteban, although some works here exposed also belong to the same church, as the Major Altarpiece.
The Altarpiece Museum Exhibition is divided into three naves with different themes each one, the Central Nave with the theme of “Christian Martyrdom” in addition to the central nave also exhibits two Romanesque baptismal fonts and three Gothic tombs. On the side naves, a call Nave of the Gospel and the other Nave of the Epistle we find the themes of the “mystery of Christ and Mary” respectively.
The Central Nave have exposed the altarpieces: The Altarpiece of San Esteban eighteenth century Church of San Esteban, the Altarpiece of San Juan Bautista and the Altarpiece of Santa Catalina both the sixteenth century, the Church of Carrias, the Altarpiece Santa Eulalia del XVI century church Tañabueyes, the Altarpiece of Santa Eulalia del seventeenth century, Arconada of Bureba, the Altarpiece of San Joaquin and Santa Ana Villamorón sixteenth century and the Altarpiece of San Julián seventeenth century, of Barcena de Bureba.
In the Nave of the Gospel we can see: The Altarpiece of the Virgin Immaculate eighteenth century Church of San Esteban, the Altarpiece of San Clemente sixteenth century Huidobro, the Altarpiece of San Miguel del XVI century Cortiguera, the Altarpiece of San Lorenzo sixteenth century Pesquera de Ebro, the Altarpiece of the Risen Christ Cortiguera seventeenth century and the Altarpiece of St. Martin de Villanueva del Grillo XVII century.
The visit to Altarpiece Museum can be done from November 1st to June 30th only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and from July 1 to October 31 every day except Monday that remain closed.
Price of the entrace: 2€
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