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Juan de Álava worked principally in Salamanca, where between 1520 and 1535 directed the works of this New Cathedral of Salamanca, and whose facade he decorated with varied renaissance-ish elements of medieval influence where saint’s statues in encrusted shelves were the most typical. They are built in famous Villamayor Stone; which its quarry is to the west of Salamanca, and which has been very prolific in many monuments in Salamanca.
The building began at a time when the gothic style was becoming less popular and was merging with the new Renaissance style, giving the resulting Plateresco style in Spain. However, this cathedral retained more of its Gothic character because the authorities wanted the new cathedral to blend with the old one. Thus the new cathedral was constructed, continuing with Gothic style during the 17th and ...18th centuries. However, during the 18th century, two elements were added that broke with the showy form with the predominant style of the building: a Baroque cupola on the transept and the final stages of the bell tower (92 m). The new cathedral was constructed without the subsequent destruction of the old cathedral as normally happened but a wall of the new cathedral, leans on the North wall of the old one. For this reason, the old cathedral had to be reinforced, and the bell tower was constructed on the old one. Two of the main architects of the cathedral were J. Gil de Hontañón and his son Rodrigo in 1538.
The Plaza was constructed sometime in the second quarter of the 18th Century. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in all of Spain. The style is Baroque and the whole plaza has a golden shimmer about it.