The floor of the church, in the form of a Latin cross, is essentially Romanesque, with cruise or transept and walls closing in this style

There is a long history of the cross-fertilisation of marine and ecclesiastical architecture, from Jesus’ boat-church on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:1: “And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.”) to the inverted church-boat which is our nave (Greek naos/Latin navis).

So I rather like the Ayuntamiento de Tuy’s idea of tearing up conservation protocol and building perhaps a Caribbean cruise ship jacuzzi with glass roof and cocktail bar into the crossing of its fortress-cathedral. I think the theology could be made to work, but the plumbing is anyone’s guess.

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