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Juan de Colonia

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"Architect. Together with Enrique Egas he is one of the main artists responsible for introducing the flamboyant Gothic style in Spain."

He was born in Cologne around 1410. He was a member of a family of artists in Cologne and moved to Castile around 1440, with a commission by the Bishop Alonso de Cartagena to finish the construction works of Burgos Cathedral. This building is one of the most beautiful examples of classical Gothic architecture in Spain. The two exterior steeples that adorn the cathedral's façade (in the purely flamboyant Gothic style), the original dome (replaced in the 16th century) and the Visitation chapel were made by Juan de Colonia. He was also responsible for the floor plan and was the first builder of the Cartuja de Miraflores monastery (Burgos), a personal commission by Isabella the Catholic. His son, Simón de Colonia, continued his work. He died in Burgos in 1481.

Essential works

  • Cartuja de Miraflores monastery. Burgos © Turespaña

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Other highlighted works

  • Burgos Cathedral façade spires
  • Burgos Cathedral original dome
  • Burgos Cathedral Visitation Chapel
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