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Basilica de Sta. Maria, Elche by Jaime Brotons

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2.54 Gigapixels
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Date added
Dec 28, 2009
Date taken
Dec 24, 2009
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For this gigapan i did 972 photos for 324 individual HDR and then stiched with Autopano

The Basilica de Santa María occupies the site of the former principal mosque of Muslim Elche. The mosque was left standing after the conquest of the city by Jaume I in 1265, until 1334 when the first Catholic church, probably Gothic in style and in the shape of a cross, was built, standing until 1492.
The Mystery Play is believed to have been performed for the first time in the above church, requiring the construction of a ramp, a stage and a cupola-shaped or arched false ceiling, common to the Assumption dramas of the period.
The second, larger, church built on the site was finished in 1556. However, it collapsed in 1672 due to torrential rains. An extant description of the church by Cristóbal Sanz of 1621 says that: “ The church where this Celebration takes place, is the main church. It has been built for this purpose because it is very big and has only one aisle. It is so high that it causes vertigo and astonishment among strangers. It would appear that Our Lady holds it up because it is there that her death and Assumption is celebrated. Nowhere in the whole of Christendom does there exist another edifice like this church which was finished in 1556 according to what can be seen inscribed thereon”.
Work on the present church began in 1672 under the direction of Francesc Verde, who was succeeded as master builder by Pere Quintana y Ferrán Fouquet. From 1758 onwards work continued under the direction of architect Marcos Evangelio who made important contributions. The church was finished in 1784.
Different arquitectural styles can be easily distinguished. First, we can observe an attempt to introduce ornamentation. Chronologically, the last style is pure Neoclassical which followed the decorative Italianate Baroque which we can see in the Assumption façade, one of the most beautiful façades from the Valencian Baroque period. Both this façade and the portico of San Agatángelo are the work of the Strasburg-born sculptor Nicolas de Bussi (1680-1682).

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Para este gigapan se hicieron 972 fotografías para montar 324 HDR que luego se montaron con Autopano en una sola panorámica.
La Basílica de Santa María está ubicada en el lugar que en época musulmana ocupó la mezquita principal. Tras la conquista de la ciudad por Jaume I en 1265, la mezquita permaneció en pie hasta 1334 y, sobre ella, se edificó un primer templo católico, probablemente de estilo gótico y de planta de cruz, que subsistiría hasta 1492.
Se cree que en este templo se pudo representar por primera vez el Misteri, probablemente con la construcción de un sistema de rampa, entarimado y un cielo en altura (en cimborrio, cúpula o arcada), tal y como se hacía en las representaciones asuncionistas de la época.
El segundo templo era más grande y se acabó de construir en 1556, pero se hundió a causa de unas lluvias muy fuertes en 1672. Conservamos una descripción de Cristóbal Sanz de 1621: “El templo donde se hace esta Fiesta, que es en la iglesia mayor, está hecha su fábrica, para este efecto, porque es muy grande, de una nave, y tan alta que causa espanto y asombro a los forasteros. Parece que Nuestra Señora le sustenta, para que allí se celebre su muerte y asunción a los cielos. No se halla en la cristiandad otra tal fábrica como esta iglesia, la cual se acabó, según se ve en sus edificios, el año de 1556”.
El templo actual comenzó a construirse en 1672 bajo las órdenes de Francesc Verde, sucediéndole en el cargo de maestro mayor de las obras Pere Quintana y Ferrán Fouquet, y desde 1758, continuó la construcción, con sustanciosas aportaciones, el arquitecto Marcos Evangelio. Las obras acaban definitivamente en 1784.
Se pueden seguir los distintos estilos, desde el primer intento de superación del estilo desornamentado, hasta el neoclásico puro, pasando por el italianizante barroco decorativo de su fachada de la Asunción, una de las más bellas del barroco valenciano. Tanto esta fachada como la portada de San Agatángelo, son obras del escultor de Estrasburgo, Nicolás de Bussi (1680-1682).

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Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (January 06, 2010, 03:44AM )

    D'oh! My mistake. The "Date Added" etc fields are not sitcher notes are they? The stticher notes tell you things like the number of images, how long it took to take them etc. Thanks for your reply though.

  2. Jaime Brotons

    Jaime Brotons (January 06, 2010, 12:08AM )

    Simple, i just edit fields later, then it appears in bold

  3. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (January 05, 2010, 10:51PM )

    Magnificent indeed and kudos for geocoding! A question though. If I use AP to stitch then I lose the stitcher notes, so I have to add them by hand in the description. But I thought it was not possible to put HTML in descriptions. So, how is it that I see "Date Taken", "Date Added" etc in bold?

  4. Dave Belcher

    Dave Belcher (December 28, 2009, 12:21PM )

    Magnificent!

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