Definition of Churrigueresque in US English:


(also churrigueresque)


  • Relating to the lavishly ornamented late Spanish baroque style.

    ‘a Churrigueresque church’
    • ‘This Cathedral was constructed in 1612 and the decoration of its interior, of a Spanish Churrigueresque style, is one of the main reasons to consider it as one of the most beautiful churches in Peru.’
    • ‘The term Churrigueresque denotes a style that is visually frenetic and exuberantly detailed.’
    • ‘The facade, depicting Christ and the 12 apostles, is one of the finest examples of Churrigueresque architecture in Mexico.’
    • ‘Designed in the Churrigueresque style, the ground floor is wrapped in a brocade of ornamental cast iron.’
    • ‘So intricate and so complex were Churrigueresque altars that few understand how the design was done.’


Mid 19th century: from the name José Benito de Churriguera (1665–1725), a Spanish architect who worked in this style.