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CATEDRALES. Catedral de Sigüenza

  • Issue date: 04/03/2011
  • Printing Process: Calcografía y Offset
  • Paper: Estucado, engomado, mate, fosforescente
  • Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 mm. (horizontal)
  • Size of block sheet: 105,6 x 79,2 mm. (horizontal)
  • Postal value of the stamps: 2,84 €
  • Print run: 280.000 hojas bloque
  • Dented: 13 ¾

Within the Cathedrals issue, a one stamp souvenir sheet is launched devoted to the Cathedral of Sigüenza. The stamp features de main sacristy whilst the souvenir sheet depicts a view of the main facade and the remaining cathedral compound.

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The impressive building of the Cathedral can be seen as one approaches the town of Sigüenza. Depending on the position from which it is looked upon it can resemble a fortress when seen from its western façade with its two beautiful battlement towers protecting three 13th century Romanesque facades. The middle one is called the “Gospel” façade and serves as the main entrance to the temple and is crowned by a splendid rosette. The side of the cathedral facing the Plaza Mayor of Sigüenza features a slender tower next to which is attached another impressive rose window that provides light to the cruise. Beneath this rose window there is a neoclassic façade. This rosette together with the upper stained glass windows provides lighting to the inside of the church. The characteristic features of Gothic Cistercian are predominant both in the outside and in the church interior.

The construction works of the cathedral began in 1124 on initiative of Bishop Bernard of Agen and went on until the 16th century, and even the 18th century with the decoration works of the various chapels. There are three naves; the middle one holds the main altarpiece and the Gothic choir stalls, the one on the left hosts the chapels of San Pedro, Santiago (also known as de los Gamboa), the Anunciación, San Marcos, the sacristy of the chapel of Santa Librada, the Sacristía Mayor or Cabezas, which is a singular Renaissance building, the chapel of the Holy Spirit and the Christ of Mercy. On the southern side of the cruise we find the chapel of the Arce, devoted since the late 15th century to the burial of this noble family of Siguenza. This is where we find the masterly shrine of Martín Vázquez de Arce, the famous Doncel de Sigüenza.

The Cathedral, given the different stages undergone in its construction, bears magnificent examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Plateresque styles in its altars, chapels, cloisters and vestries.

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