Collegiate Basilica of Gandia

The Collegiate Basilica of Santa Maria of Gandia, also known as "La Seu", is the principal church of the city of Gandia, (Valencia). Construction commenced in the 14th century.

Collegiate of Santa María
Colegiata de Santa María de Gandia
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Collegiate Basilica of Gandia
38°58′1.07″N 0°10′48.84″W / 38.9669639°N 0.1802333°W / 38.9669639; -0.1802333Coordinates: 38°58′1.07″N 0°10′48.84″W / 38.9669639°N 0.1802333°W / 38.9669639; -0.1802333
LocationGandia (Valencia)
Country Spain
DenominationRoman Catholic
Websitehttp://www.colegiatagandia.org
History
FoundedOctober 26, 1499
Architecture
StyleValencian Gothic
Years builtOctober 26, 1499
Administration
DioceseValencia

The Collegiate Church of Santa María is a Valencian Gothic construction, located in the centre Gandia. Construction began in the 14th century and finalised two centuries later. Thanks to Pope Alexander VI, the temple was raised to the category of Collegiate. In the year 1931 was declared National Historic Monument.

The church consists only of one central nave with lateral chapels adjacent to the walls. Its austere architectural style was once supplemented with rich interior decorations of altarpieces, paintings and sculptures, which disappeared during the Spanish Civil War.

The Seo of Gandia is in itself a small architectural jewel, where the Puerta Sur or the Puerta de Santa María and the Puerta de los Apóstoles are noteworthy, one of the first works of Damián Forment, precursor of the Spanish Renaissance.

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