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See in the WS a detail of the church and the stone cross
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The church of San Francisco de Betanzos is a Gothic-style temple built in the second half of the 14th century, thanks to the patronage of Fernn Prez de Andrade, who rebuilt the previously existing monastery, which dated from the 13th century. It was declared a national monument in 1919 and, later, a Site of Cultural Interest.

The church has a Latin plan with a single nave and a polygonal apse with a ribbed vault, flanked by two rectangular side chapels.

The main portal represents the Adoration of the Kings, and on the outside of the church there are rose windows and Gothic stained glass windows, as well as figured corbels. At the top of the roof of one of the arms of the church, a cross supported by a wild boar.

Inside, in the main chapel, there is a relief that represents God on high surrounded by the four evangelists. In the ribs of the vault, angels playing different instruments, and among them one playing the bagpipes. You can also see various capitals with fantastic animals, but above all, the wide collection of sarcophagi of different members of the Andrade family stands out, up to a total of 16, which constitute the most interesting historical-artistic element of the temple.

The most interesting is that of Fernn Prez himself, considered a precedent of medieval funerary sculpture. Originally it was placed in the main chapel, next to that of his own wife Doa Sancha, but in 1782 it was moved to the foot of the church, under the choir.

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Ver en el WS un detalle de la iglesia y el cruceiro
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La iglesia de San Francisco de Betanzos es un templo de estilo gtico construido en la segunda mitad del siglo XIV, gracias al mecenazgo de Fernn Prez de Andrade, que reedific el monasterio anteriormente existente, que databa del siglo XIII. Fue declarada monumento nacional en 1919 y, posteriormente, Bien de Inters Cultural.

La iglesia es de planta latina con una sola nave y un bside poligonal con bveda nervada, flanqueada por dos capillas laterales rectangulares.

La portada principal representa la Adoracin de los Reyes, y en el exterior de la iglesia se distribuyen rosetones y vidrieras gticas, as como canecillos figurados. En lo ms alto del tejado de uno de los brazos de la iglesia, una cruz sostenida por un jabal.

En su interior, en la capilla mayor, hay un relieve que representa a Dios en lo alto rodeado de los cuatro evangelistas. En los nervios de la bveda, ngeles tocando distintos instrumentos, y entre ellos uno tocando la gaita. Tambin se pueden observar diversos capiteles con animales fantsticos pero sobre todo destaca la amplia coleccin de sarcfagos de diferentes miembros de la familia de los Andrade, hasta un total de 16, que constituyen el elemento histrico artstico ms interesante del templo.

El ms interesante es el del propio Fernn Prez, considerado como precedente de la escultura funeraria medieval. Originalmente estuvo colocado en la capilla mayor, junto al de su propia mujer doa Sancha, pero en 1782 fue trasladado al pie de la iglesia, bajo el coro.


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