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Mausoleum of the Countess of La Vega del Pozo

Mausoleum of the Countess of La Vega del Pozo

Funerary architecture

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm; 3.30pm to 5.30pm winter; 5.30pm to 7.30pm summer. Friday and Saturday, 10.30am to 2pm;3.30 to 5.30 winter and 5 to 7 pm summer. Sunday, 10.30 am to 2 pm.

Direction: C/ Francisco Aritmendi, 1, Guadalajara.

Telephone: 949 229 096

The city of Guadalajara owes one of the best examples of late 19th century architecture to the patronage and philanthropy of María Diega Desmaissières, Duchess of Sevillano, Countess of La Vega del Pozo, one of the finest examples of 19th century Spanish architecture

Entry ticket: 3€; 1€ groups between 10 and 55. Wednesday free entry. Closed during August.

Around 1881, the Duchess commissioned Ricardo Velázquez Bosco to build a vast complex of buildings to be used for charitable purposes and family mausoleum. They are in the southwest of the city, to one side of parque de San Roque.

The mausoleum, the glazed copula of which is one of the city’s landmarks, reflects the influence of northern Italian art and combines Western and Eastern elements to give the buildings a certain Byzantine appearance. It is built in the shape of a rigorously symmetrical Greek cross. Inside, the altar is particularly impressive and is presided over by an excellent Calvary scene painted by Alejandro Ferrán. The crypt holds a stunning sculpture by Angel García Díez depicting the Duchess’ funeral procession. Every detail of the mausoleum reveals the riches of the materials used and the perfection of the work. By contrast, the ribbed almost level crypt dome is a masterpiece of technique.

Accessibility

  • Outside route without difficulties.
  • There are three sets of stairways to access the mausoleum.

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