Photos: Tony Esparís


The Portico of Glory shows not mucho information about the canon.

We have to deduce from the overall dimension of the instrument the number of strings. Our replica has twenty choirs of doble strings mad of bronze.

The Portico does not show either bridges or sound holes. On the other hand there are two different kinds of plectra, sculpted wit great care and detail.

This instrument is made from different parts joined together.

After the Portico of Glory, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (XII century)

Made by  César Árias and Francisco Luengo

To know more about it read the following publications:

"El Pórtico de la Gloria, Música, Arte y Pensamiento", 1988 published by Cuadernos de Música en Compostela,

"Los Instrumentos del Pórtico de la Gloria", 1993 published by Fundación Barrié de la Maza,

“Instruments à cordes du Moyen Age”, 1999 CERIMM, Fondation Royaumont, published by Créaphis,

“Instrumentos de Corda Medievais”, Lugo 2000 published by Deputación Provincial de Lugo

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