Biography of Claudio de Arciniega (ca. 1520-ca. 1593)

Spanish architect, born at Burgos about 1520 and died in Mexico to 1593. Considered to be one of the most important architects of the 16th century in Mexico, the first traces of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico are.

In Spain, he worked as a scoring blade in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares (1542-1547) and went on to new Spain in 1555. His first work in America was the construction of the Viceregal Palace from the remains of the old houses of Moctezuma. He also built the cloister of Santo Domingo. In the city of Mexico he built patios and stairways of the Jesus Hospital and the first building of the University. In 1559 he made the funeral monument commemorating the death of Carlos V, ephemeral architecture that looked like a temple of cross.

As master of the works of the Viceroyalty (1560), he drew up and began the works of the Cathedral of Mexico (1563-1667), which would be his most important work, in the Renaissance style and according to the model of the Cathedral of Jaén, of Vandelvira, although still with gothic vaults. To 1622, the plans were modified by Juan Gómez de Trasmonte, which was based on solutions of Herrera style Cathedral of Valladolid.