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Iglesia de San Pablo

Iglesia de San Pablo
Location
San Pablo Street, 42

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Telephone
976 44 62 96
Opening hours

Monday–Saturday: 10.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. and 7.00–8.30 p.m.

Last entrance time: 30 minutes before closing.

Price

Church: 2 euros

Tower and cloister: 3 euros

Combined visit: 4 euros

Free: children under 10.

All visits to the tower and cloister are guided. Visitors may view the church on their own or as part of a guided tour.

The tower tour is on foot. Visitors must therefore be in good health with good mobility, as the tour requires some physical effort.

Visit
Guided tours: Church: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10.30, 12.00 and 7.00. Tower: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11.30 and 8.00. Sunday: 12 and 1 hours. Groups For group visits, please write to: visitas@sanpablozaragoza.org Prices: Church: 2 euros Combined visit: 3 euros The church will be closed to visitors during special celebrations. However, the tower will be open for tours during these hours.
Chronology

first half of 14th century. Reforms in 15th to 19th century

Style

Mudejar

Points of interest

Tower (outside and inside), Central nave.

Information

Cultural World Heritage (UNESCO web)

Text

The church of San Pablo was raised to replace the old Romanesque hermitage of San Blas, which had become too small due to the growth of the district. The current temple is the result of a series of additions, which gradually increased the original 14th century nucleus, the most valuable testimony of Mudejar style in Zaragoza. Its typology follows the traditional models of Mudejar churches: single nave, chapels between the buttresses and polygonal fivesided sanctuary. The interior is covered with pointed barrel and ribbed vaults. In the 15th century two side naves were added of unequal width, which completely surround the previous construction. The chapels that open up in these naves are additions from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

The tower, originally situated at the foot of the temple, is now immersed in the construction. It has an octagonal floor plan and an Almohade minaret structure, with an outer tower, which envelops another interior one; the stair well is located between both. The outside decoration is centred on the upper floors to be able to be seen from any point of the city. The poverty and monotony of the brick wall is enriched with the panels of crosses with multiples arms and the friezes of interlaced arches. The upper body decorated with ceramics and the spire are added in the 17th century.

The Northern front door, know as the Gate of Tramontane or of the Holy Christ, is opened with a depressed arch. The figures of San Pedro and San Pablo appear on the jambs and on the upper tympanum seated Christ, the Virgin, San Juan, San Blas and another unidentified saint. The southern door presents the image of our Lady of the Populo and is the fruit of several interventions in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The High Altarpiece was entrusted to Damian Forment in 1515 and shows a clear relationship with other works by the author, such as the altarpieces of the Pilar of Zaragoza and the Cathedral of Huesca. Made of polychrome and gilt wooden, the central niche flancked by scenes from the life of the saint. In the centre of the garret there is a painting by Jeronimo Cosida_ mid 16th c.,Mannerist style- with the theme of the Inmaculada surrounded by the Patriarchs of the Old Testament end Doctors of the Church.

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