The Penedes from its highest bell tower: Basilica of Santa Maria, Vilafranca del Penedes

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  • Is an emblem of Vilafranca del Penedès in the historical center of vila i in front of the Museum of the wine required point of visit to get to know the way of life of the Penedès
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  • The largest building in the center of the city, walking through the narrow streets of the Centre of Vilafranca, surprises you. A splendid cathedral in a perfect state of conservation and have not destroyed that facade cleaning stone. The interior is majestic and worthy of a provincial capital. Directly opposite is the Museum of the unforgettable del Penedès and 100m City Council.
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  • The Basilica of Santa Maria is located in the Plaza de Jaume I, in the Centre of Vilafranca. In the 13th century, it was decided a new building of the Church on the ruins of another previous from the 12th century. It was consecrated in 1.484 and Pope Benedicto XV in 1920 elevated it to the status of minor Basilica. It is a church with a nave covered by a vault of five bays of vaults and five side chapels on each side. The apse is polygonal. Access to the temple is made by two doors. The old main entrance, located in Santa Maria Street, also called "dels capellans" (of priests), at the end of the 13th century. The second gate corresponds to the current façade, of neo-Gothic style of the year 1903, where the two towers were added and enlarged the rose window above the portico overlooking the Plaza Jaume I. presents a large pointed arch door and in the tympanum there is a sculptural group qu (e) it represents the coronation of the Virgin. In the main altar there is a polychrome of 18th-century ivory crucifix and enamel of the sacrament of the 20th century. The crypt is 1,561 and was built under the presbytery. Inside there is a funeral in 1916. It is a group of sculptures in white marble by Josep Llimona i Bruguera. It is a figurative work realistic, own of the modernist aesthetics of the time. It is also the altar of San Felix, of the 20th century, patron of the city. The organ is from 1942. It is an architectural composition of wood, in three floors, it has a triangular pediment and small pinnacles at the crest. In the basilica are large stained-glass windows, in the years 1950, by having been destroyed the previous in a fire in 1934. The octagonal Bell Tower, is the 19th century, is crowned by the image of an angel and positioned to the right of the head of the temple.
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