Visigothic art and architecture

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Chapel of São Frutuoso in Braga, Portugal
Church of San Juan Bautista in Banos de Cerrato, Spain San Juan de Banos.jpg
Church of San Juan Bautista in Baños de Cerrato, Spain
Visigoths remains in the Crypt of San Antolin of the cathedral of Palencia, Spain Cripta Visigoda Palencia.JPG
Visigoths remains in the Crypt of San Antolín of the cathedral of Palencia, Spain
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Ruins of Basilica of Santa María de Batres in Carranque, Spain

The Visigoths entered Hispania (modern Spain and Portugal) in 415 and they rose to be the dominant people there until the Umayyad conquest of Hispania of 711 brought their kingdom to an end.


This period in Iberian art is dominated by their style. Visigothic art is generally considered in the English-speaking world to be a strain of Migration art, while the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking worlds generally classify it as Pre-Romanesque.

Branches of Visigothic art include their architecture, crafts (especially jewellery), and their script.

Visigothic architecture

The only remaining examples of Visigothic architecture from the 6th century are the church of San Cugat del Vallés in Barcelona, the hermitage and church of Santa Maria de Lara in Burgos, Saint Frutuoso Chapel in Braga, the church of São Gião in Nazaré and the few remnants of the church at Cabeza de Griego in Cuenca. However, their style developed over the next centuries, though the prime remaining examples of it are mostly rural and often run-down. Some of the characteristics of their architecture are:

Examples include:

The Pre-Romanesque church of San Pedro de la Nave in San Pedro de la Nave-Almendra, province of Zamora, Spain was formerly regarded as an exemplar of Visigothic architecture, but current thinking as to the date of the building suggests that it is better described as Mozarabic or Repoblación. A similar redating has been suggested for the Church of San Juan Bautista in Baños de Cerrato, province of Palencia, Spain. [1]

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  1. "Group of Mozarabic buildings on the Iberian Peninsula" . Retrieved 2019-06-15.