CATHEDRALS of SPAIN; our favorite

Cathedrals, Spain is full of them. We are happy to tell you which of the ones we have visited are our favourite, so which ones you should definitely not miss if you have the chance to visit them. We have selected three cathedrals for this post, they are in no particular order.

Cathedral of Seville (Andalusia)

Cathedral de Santa María de la Sede is a large Gothic cathedral in the capital of the province of Seville, a royal city of the same name. The cathedral is the main church of the Archdiocese of Seville. The Cathedral is a five-aisled cruciform church with chapels and is no less than 127 meters long, 83 meters wide and 43 meters high. This makes it the largest church building in Europe after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and also the largest Gothic church building in the world. The Giralda, or the more than 100 meters high bell tower of the Cathedral, can be climbed, with an unbeatable view of Seville as a reward. Since 1987, Catedral de Santa María de la Sede has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Cathedral de Palma (Balearic Islands)

The Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca is located in the capital of the Balearic island of Mallorca and is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. A Gothic jewel, facing the sea; very special. Palma’s Cathedral is the main cultural attraction of the island of Mallorca. In the Cathedral none other than the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí carried out restorations and added details. The large stained glass window is also breathtaking.

Malaga Cathedral (Andalusia)

It took over 200 years to build this cathedral, and it is still unfinished. In 1528 they started to build on the foundation of an old mosque. During the construction process there were continuous problems with the financing of the church. In 1782, because the money had run out, building was finally stopped. The right tower was never completed because of this. The cathedral therefore has a complete tower and a half tower. Because of this defect, the Malagueños affectionately call the cathedral ‘La Manquita’, which means ‘one-armed or lame lady’.

Because it took two centuries for this building to arise, a rich variety of styles has also emerged. The lower part has a Gothic style. One of the doors is made in the Renaissance style, and the Baroque style is reflected in the decoration of the facade. The difference in styles is particularly noticeable from Calle Cister, on the left side of the cathedral. Nearby is the Museo Picasso, which is also more than worth a visit.

(The photo shows Seville Cathedral.)

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