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Granada Cathedral: Detail, lower part of facade by Alonso Cano
Architecture Library, Hesburgh Libraries
In 1667 Alonso Cano, working with Gaspar de la Peña, altered the initial plan for the main façade, introducing Baroque elements.
A second phase of Charles V's program for Granada began in 1526. An ambitious plan was developed to make Granada the centre of an empire; Gothic was rejected in favour of a new vocabulary based on Greco-Roman antiquity. This was the justification for abandoning Enrique Egas's Gothic-style plan for Granada Cathedral and adopting a Renaissance-style one (1528) by Diego de Siloé: the cathedral's new imperial status required a style recalling that of Imperial Rome. After Siloé's death (1563) Juan de Maeda ( fl 1563-1582) continued the work.