Barbastro Cathedral

The Cathedral of Barbastro (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Asunción) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the town of Barbastro in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

Barbastro Cathedral
Catedral de Santa María de la Asunción
Catedral de Barbastro (Huesca). Interior.jpg
Barbastro Cathedral
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic
RegionAragon
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
StatusActive
Location
LocationBarbastro,  Spain
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 42°02′10″N 0°07′21″E / 42.0360°N 0.1224°E / 42.0360; 0.1224
Architecture
Typechurch
StyleRenaissance
Groundbreaking16th century
Completed17th century

HistoryEdit

 
The Bell tower was built separately from the cathedral.

A church was first erected on May 5th of the year 1101, at the site of a mosque by Saint Poncio, bishop of the diocese. A new church was rebuilt in the 16th century.[1]

The present church was erected between 1517 and 1533 by Juan de Sariñena, Juan de Segura and others. The church was declared a national monument in 1931. Of interest are the thin columns ending in floral and decorated capitals. The central and main altarpiece has scenes dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and Passion of Christ with an alabaster base sculpted in a Plateresque in the style of Damián Forment. The upper part was carved in wood between 1600 and 1602. The chapel of San Jose has an altarpiece dedicated to the Abbot St Victorián, and is attributed to Bartolomé Bermejo or his studio.

One of the southern chapels, the Chapel of Miracles, has a venerated wood icon entitled the Santo Cristo de los Milagros, (Christ of the Miracles), carved by Enrique Monjó in 1939 at the end of the Spanish Civil War. One relief also commemorates the martyred bishop, Blessed Florentino Asensio.[2]

Barbastro Cathedral together with the co-cathedral at Monzón, belongs to the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parish site with note on Cathedral.
  2. ^ Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine, entry on cathedrals.