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Astorga's Episcopal Palace
Palace entrusted Antonio Gaud in 1887 and finished definitively in 1961.
Of unmistakable modernist style, departing from medieval and Arabic elements, the exterior is redressed in Montearenas's greyish granite and the set consists of four plants(floors).

The impressive exterior of granite of white color awards an aspect of castle, mansion and temple. Constructed in a Neogothic style, he(she) presents a series of elements with apparent military function as battlements and towers together with others as viewing-points and terraces. The building consists of four floors(flats): basement (of Mudejar style), ground floor, principal plant(floor) in the shape of Greek cross and the last floor(flat) or sotabanco. In the principal plant(floor) there is situated the impressive chapel, which forms(trains) on the outside a triple apse with windows, buttresses, gargoyles, etc., adorned in the interior with vitrales, paintings and religious objects that reinforce the magnificence of the set; and the room of the throne, the office of the bishop and the dining room of show that are organized about a central piece or foyer. In the exterior, the porch with his(her,your) three widened arches - that created serious problems during his(her,your) construction, since three times had to be reconstructed - constitutes one of the architectural elements Gaud's spectacular mas. In the interior, the granite, the mosaic, the props and the columns are mixed in a spectacular way beside adapting with rigor to the symbolic spirit of the palace.

Back part of the Palace and the Cathedral taken from a park that exists next to the Roman wall.

Two WS with other captures.

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