June 16, 2016: Burgos

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On our way to the music store, we dropped into St. Lesmes  Church, which has a lovely fan ribbed ceiling.  St. Lesmes is the patron saint of Burgos.
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And the tomb of St. Lesmes.
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One of many  ancient gates one walks through in Burgos. St. James is always among the statues.
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Doors to the cathedral.
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Wealthy patrons and churchmen endowed chapels in the cathedral and then had themselves buried in their chapel.
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The grill work  at the entrance of each chapel is spectacular in itself.
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This is called The Golden  Stairway. It is necessary because Burgos Cathedral  is built on sloping ground, so the back of the church  is a whole floor higher than the front.  No simple stairway  for the Cathedral–rather, a stairway that is a work of art  in itself.
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Magnificent ceilings, wherever you look up.
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And beautiful windows.
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EL Cid’s Tomb
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Some of the retablos altarpieces have vivid polychromed statues.
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There were a couple of very unusual  oval cupolas.
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Beautiful carvings on the pillars between chapels.
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The Chapel of the Condestables, considered one of the–if not the–most beautiful chapels in the cathedral.  The Condestables were very  high Spanish administrators for the kings.  This particular pair of Condestables endowed the chapel; here are their graves.
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The funerary sculptures and art are also magnificent.