A short visual documentary of the Church of San Bartholomew in La Rioja, Spain. Built in the 16th Century it was designed to be a Cathedral given the plans were made during a schism that was under way with the Archdiocese of the neighboring City of Calahorra. The times were marked by ongoing power struggles in the region at both levels, religious power and aristocratic power. Villages were sold and traded by lords and small kingdom rulers and there were many discords in the ranks of the church also. The schism never succeeded but the church was none the less built according to the plans and today it is the architectural landmark of Aldeanueva De Ebro. The church is the centerpiece of this small village's urban landscape which lies on a slightly elevated plateau and it's exact location can be recognized from far away thanks to the tower of the church that stands out in the landscape.
The Church of St. Bartholomew was built of brick from 1,573 by master Domingo de Yarza, according to Renaissance design of Perez de Solarte, He designed a basilica presided over by the almost miraculous, artistic jewel of the altarpiece. Initiated in 1575 the astounding sculptural masterpiece by Arnao de Bruselas y Pedro de Troas in the Romanist style with fiery Michelangelesque references, Baroque side altarpieces completed a breathtaking view of the head of the temple . The whole design was planned by Francisco del Ponton in 1614 with two equal towers on either side of the main gate, but had to be built with only one tower due to foundation problems.
Photography - Cinematography - Editing: Nobilis Bellator