Church of San Vincente

begun 1170s; begun as a Romanesque church but finished in the Gothic style

This Romanesque church was founded on the assumed site where St. Vincent was martyred in 303 with his two sisters . The sarcophagus of St. Vincent is in the basilica's interior.

The west front

The west front is considered to have important examples of architectural sculpture, even though somewhat damaged. The relief carvings in the two lunettes depict the story of the death of Lazarus and the parable of the rich man's table. The archivolts are carved with vegetal motifs while the trumeau has the figure of Christ flanked by ten apostles and prophets on the jambs. The jamb figures are more advanced than most Romanesque works since they are less column-like and appear to be relating to each other.

The domed narthex and the unusual tower


View from the side

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