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The Basilica Santa Maria del Coro is a baroque temple which was inagurated in 1774 though has elements of other styles such as Gothic, Churrigueresque and neoclassical. It is considered the oldest church in the city because it is built on a Romanesque church of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, mandated build by the Kings of Navarre. In the period from 1522 to 1560 it was reformed in Gothic and Renaissance style by order of the Austrians, who were the Kings of Spain.
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The Basilica Santa Maria del Coro in Donostia is one of the most visited places in Donostia
|Starts of construction||1743.|
|Pedro Ignacio Lizardi y Miguel de Salazar.|
|finality||Catholic worship, dedicated to the Virgin of Chorus.|
|Remodeling||1819, 1863 y 2009.|
|Data of interest|
It has a beautiful Plateresque porch nestled between the two towers of the Basilica as an altarpiece. The central nave is covered with cross vaults and the choir is at the end of it.
In 1688 the deposits of the gunpowder of Castillo de la Mota, that were in the rear of the building, broke out causing serious damage to the structure of the temple. In 1743 reconstruction works were initiated, ending in 1774 in a distinctly Baroque style under the direction of architects Pedro Ignacio Lizardi and Miguel Salazar, being the construction that we can now contemplate, consecrated as a basilica in 1972.
The Basilica Santa Maria del Coro is a rectangular building with semicircular apse and other secondary dependencies which highlights its magnificent plateresque portico. The nave has a high altitude and is covered by cross vaults, reaching the chorus at the end of the nave. Its main altar is dedicated to the Virgin of Coro, patron of the city next to San Sebastián.
The entrance to the temple, is in a lateral between the two towers well decorated, where you can see the figure of San Sebastián Martyr, patron of the city. In its interior highlights the classical set of the central and side altars. Its main altar is dedicated to the Virgin of Coro, co-patron of the city. Also you can see a wooden carving of the Virgin which can be dated from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Inside is remarkable the great romantic organ Cavaillé-Coll, 1863, with the facade of an old Baroque organ.
The Basilica Santa Maria del Coro in Donostia can be done all year round from Monday to Sunday from 10: 15h to 13: 15h and 16: 45h to 19: 45h.
Price of the entrace 2€
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Adress: Calle 31 de Agosto, 46, 20003 Donostia – San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa
Telephone: 943 481 166
More information about the Basilica Santa Maria del Coro: organosantamaria.org
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