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Project for the vault in the sacristy in the abbey of the Santísima Trinidad in Ourense

  • Project for a vault © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense

    Project for a vault © Archivo Histórico Provincial de Ourense






Original title

Proyecto de bóveda de la sacristía de la abadía de la Santísima Trinidad de Ourense

This design was for the purpose of extending one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the city of Ourense.

The abbey of La Santísima Trinidad was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and is one of the foremost examples of the Ourense Gothic style.
In the early 17th century it was decided to build the sacristy, and the commission for the work was awarded to the stonemason Pedro Álvarez. The contract survives in the notary records of Gregorio Pérez de Aguiar dating from 1616, to which is attached the design for the project. The roof of the sacristy consisted of a ribbed vault, a Gothic-style solution, which was a stylistically archaic style in the 17th century.
Although it was ultimately decided to use a flat roof, this document is an example of the stylistic conservatism of the stoneworkers, and also highlights the value for History of Art of the information to be found in notary records.

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