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Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Prado

The Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Prado in Talavera de la Reina is an architectural jewel that combines Renaissance and Baroque elements, reflecting the Marian devotion deeply rooted in the city. The floor plan of the main chapel, in Baroque style, presents a Latin cross structure, with arms covered by a barrel vault with lunettes, crowned by an imposing dome encamonada on octagonal drum and topped by a lantern. This set is decorated with columns, capitals and plaster entablatures. Through a triumphal arch, it connects to the three Renaissance naves, covered with octagonal trough and separated by semicircular arches on Tuscan columns. The choir, located at the foot of the church, rises over a large carved arch, and in the presbytery is the Virgin’s dressing room, covered by an oval dome. Externally, the verticality of the volumes of the main chapel and the brick decoration of the cornices and pediments stand out.

The basilica is also known for its valuable ceramic decoration, dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The 17th-century plinths in the side aisles testify to the heyday of Talavera ceramics, famous in both Spain and the American colonies. On the Gospel side, the tiles depict the genealogy of Christ, while on the Epistle side, scenes from the life of the Virgin are narrated. Some of the designs have been attributed to El Greco’s pupils and are notable for the stylized features and expressions of the figures. The basilica also houses 16th-century ceramic panels from the vanished church of San Antón and an impressive ceramic altarpiece on the right side of the main chapel. This ceramic ensemble is of incalculable value and adds to the splendor of this emblematic temple, which was elevated to the dignity of Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1989.



  • Address
    Extremadura Ave. Talavera de la Reina, Toledo
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 8:00 to 21:00
  • What to see
    Ceramic decoration

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