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Of or relating to a style of 16th-century Spanish architecture characterized by lavish ornamentation in a variety of motifs, especially Gothic, Renaissance, and Moorish.

[Spanish plateresco, in the manner of a silversmith, Plateresque, from platero, silversmith, from plata, silver; see platina.]
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(Architecture) architect relating to the 16th century Spanish architecture and art which is characterized by rich ornamentation in the style of a silversmith
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Among the extensive repertoire of examples we can find through History, it is the splendid plateresque fagade of the University of Salamanca one of the foremost paradigms of symbolism.
I could hardly keep my eyes open to admire the fascinating facade which has been characterized as Plateresque. In a way, one could read buildings-churches among them-like a book.
The eastern end of the church is dominated by a sixteenth century plateresque altar.
Option to book online at: Madrid Salamanca & Toledo April 25 and June 3 2010, seven days from pounds 599 Salamanca, home to one of Europe's oldest universities, boasts a wealth of lovely buildings and a highly ornate style of architecture known as Plateresque.
The stylistic input belonged to the high B aroque era with Mannerist or Plateresque ornamentation on the facades - as was the rage in Spain at the time.
The facade of the public university, built between 1415 and 1433, is a complex melange of iconography, considered among the most renowned examples of Spanish Plateresque. (This style, singularly identified with Salamanca and its malleable sandstone, is named after the complex carvings that resemble highly stylized silverware.) The facade portrays the royal patrons, Ferdinand and Isabella, and the pope surrounded by cardinals and religious insignia.
Completed in 1788, the outside is decorated with elaborate Churrigueresque carvings while the inside features three altars done in ornate Plateresque, Baroque and Chiaroscuro styles.