Photographer's Note

La Colegiata de Santa Mara la Mayor es un edificio religioso que se encuentra en la localidad zamorana de Toro.

La semilla de esta colegiata es la Catedral de Zamora, que a su vez est inspirada en la Catedral de Salamanca. Comenz a construirse en el siglo XII, siendo una de las construcciones ms caractersticas del romnico en su fase de transicin. Esta colegiata se enmarca dentro de un grupo conocido como Grupo de cimborrios del Duero formado por la Catedral de Zamora, la Catedral Vieja de Salamanca, la propia Colegiata de Toro y la Catedral de Plasencia.

Las obras se extendieron ms de lo normal en el tiempo, ya que fueron llevadas a cabo entre el ltimo tercio del siglo XII y mediados del XIII. Esto provoca que fuera construida en dos etapas: la primera, en la que se realizaron las portadas laterales, los muros y las trazas; y la segunda, en la que se lleva a cabo el techo y un cimborrio con torres adosadas.

El primer maestro que trabaj en su construccin utiliz la piedra caliza para levantar el edificio, utilizando tcnicas muy vanguardistas para la poca. Sin embargo, el segundo maestro utiliz elementos ms antiguos estilsticamente hablando y utiliz la piedra arenisca en tonalidades rojizas como material base.

Dos Ws con otras fachadas de la Colegiata.

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The Collegiate church of Santa Maria the Biggest is a religious building that one finds in the locality zamorana of Bull.

The seed of this collegiate church is the Cathedral of Zamora, which in turn is inspired in the Cathedral of Salamanca. It begun to be constructed in the XIIth century, being one of the constructions most typical of the Romanesque one in his phase of transition. This collegiate church is framed inside a group known as Group of cimborrios of the Duero formed by the Cathedral of Zamora, the Old Cathedral of Salamanca, the proper Collegiate church of Bull and the Cathedral of Plasencia.

The works extended more normal thing in the time, since they were carried out between the last third of the XIIth century and middle of the XIIIth. This provokes that was constructed in two stages: the first one, in which there were realized the side fronts, the walls and the touches; and the second one, in which the roof and a cimborrio is carried out with attached towers.

The first teacher who was employed at his construction used the lime stone to raise the building, using very avant-garde skills for the epoch. Nevertheless, the second teacher used more ancient elements stylistically speaking and used the sandy stone in reddish tonalities as material base.

Two Ws with other frontages of the Collegiate church.

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