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TOWER OF THE CHURCH OF SAN MARTÍN (TERUEL)


Beginning from that second band of angled brick can be seen the projecting brick and ceramic decoration of the three visible free-standing sides of the tower, since it is here that the top of the aforementioned buttressing on the Plaza side ends. I personally think that it is these second levels of the Teruel towers, located between the lower level and the cornice that separates it from the bell level offer the most beautiful compositions, not to disparage the upper stories, of course!

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Continuing from what we saw on the previous page, a new border of glazed ceramic tiles with an arrowhead pattern frames an elongated rectangular ceramic panel, with a motif of an octagonal interlace of four with white tiles in the form of eight-pointed stars and green crosses with pointed ends.

The second panel, above the last, is also framed with the same arrowhead motif, and also includes a motif of an octagonal interlace of four, this time executed in projecting brick.

The stars have alternating patterns in their centers, one in the form of a checkerboard made with little green and white tiles, the other with white eight-pointed stars framed in green. In the interior of the central star on the lower row there’s a second window, also small in size.

A new band of simple angled brick separates this panel from the one above it also with the same arrowhead frame. These frame a motif of nine interlaced arches, this time with lobes, one forming a sebqa. The little arches are supported by little ceramic columns, green punctuated by white cylinders. The panel is framed with double lobed arches, one small and closed, the other open and large, which produce the interlaced pattern. Here also, the central arch has an elongated window, with an arched top echoing the arches.

The ceramic decoration in this panel is exuberant, since every space is occupied. On the interior of the arches two octagonal checkerboard motifs are placed with a white eight-pointed star bordered by green between them, surmounted by three little green disks in the lobed spaces of each arch.

Of the three elements that form the sebqa, the interior spaces of the lowest are filled with eight pointed stars like the ones described above, and a little ceramic in the pointed upper space. The second has the motif of the octagonal checkerboard seen among the arches, and two little disks in the side lobes and another bigger one at the upper center. Finally, the last space again has the checkerboard theme again at an angle made up of five little green tiles making a Greek cross and white ones at the corners.

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