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Early Spanish Gothic (12th cent.)

 
Ávila Cathedral. Apse of Ávila Cathedral.  
     
Gothic style started in Spain as a result of Central european influence in twelfth century when late Romanesque alternated with few expressions of pure Gothic architecture. The High Gothic arrives with all its strength through the Way of Saint James in the thirteenth century, with some of the most pure classical Gothic cathedrals, with German and French influence. The most important post−thirteenth-century Gothic styles in Spain are the Levantino, characterized by its structural achievements and the unification of space, and Isabelline Gothic, made under the Catholic Kings, that supposed a transition to Renaissance. Gothic style was sometimes adopted by the Mudejar architects, who built with european techniques and spanish-Arab decorations and created an hybrid style.