Best Cathedrals in Spain
As a traveler, I am always in search of new adventures and my thirst of adventure has this time led me to the brilliant cathedrals of Spain. Moreover, Spain is a country whose history is highly marked by Catholicism and this indeed leads to cathedrals.
There are over more than 90 cathedrals in Spain and each cathedral has a different story and history related to it.
But above all, what fascinated me the most is the architectural beauty of the cathedrals. the cathedrals are so beautifully built that you cannot move your eyes from them.
Moreover, these cathedrals speak a lot about the bygone era. This is what my new blog is about, “best cathedrals in Spain”. Here is a list of the best cathedrals that you should surely visit on your journey to Spain.
Here we go!!
Santiago De Compostela:
Since middle age, the Santiago De Compostela is the most famous pilgrimage church in Europe. This cathedral is not just visited by pilgrims but for years has even been attracting millions of history lovers and tourists. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This cathedral is the famous landmark of Europe for over 900 years. It has always greeted tourist with its lavishness and extraordinary beauty. On the other hand, this ancient cathedral speaks a lot about the history of Spanish and European architecture which dates back to 11th to the 18th century.
The most prominent style that you will find in the Santiago de Compostela is Romanesque along with gothic and Spanish baroque style.
Corboda Cathedral Mezquita
This cathedral in Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Corboda Cathedral Mezquita speaks a lot about the culture and history of Spain. This cathedral was an extraordinary mosque built between the 8th and 10th century.
However, it was even the second largest mosque in the world after Mecca. But the Corboda Mosque was turned into a gothic cathedral after the re-conquest. Three century later the central part of this building was pulled down to completely transform it into a cathedral for more traditional uses.
Once, Emperor Charles V came to visit the cathedral and was horrified about what they have done. He then stated to a Cordoban bishop that you have destroyed something that is unique to something that is ordinary.
Moreover, this former mosque and present cathedral still exist and it not only attracts pilgrims but even gravitates many people from different culture. More than a religious statement this Corboda Cathedral has turned into a historical and cultural landmark.
Cathedral De Santa Maria De La Sede
You can address this cathedral in Spain as Cathedral De Sevilla. When you are in Spain do not forget to visit this cathedral. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and even the biggest gothic cathedral in the world.
This famous cathedral covers 11,540 square meters of land and even the second largest cathedral in Europe. The Cathedral De Sevilla was built during the 15th century soon after the reconquest. However, a few years later the cathedral was partially destroyed due to the disintegration of the dome.
Whereas the dome was again rebuilt. But an earthquake in 1888 again destroyed the rebuilt dome but rest of the cathedral survived. The cathedral is lavishly decorated and this ancient figure is a true symbol of Seville’s wealth.
On your visit to this famous cathedral in Spain, you will even find Gothic and Baroque decoration in it. interestingly, the Cathedral De Sevilla is even famous for the two other remarkable things.
Firstly, La Giralda, it is an old tower that dates back to the 12th century which was the Almohad minaret of Seville’s mosque. And secondly, Christopher Columbus was buried here and his tomb is in this cathedral.
Cathedral De Avila
The Cathedral De Avila was built between the 11th and 14th century and it is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Unlike other cathedrals, this is less decorated. Moreover, it has a classy look to it.
While you enter the cathedral you will surely find that this cathedral resembles that of the French cathedrals. Visiting this cathedral will give you a flashback to the history of this nation.
The Cathedral De Avila is even a unique part of the city’s fortification. Although another cathedral has a modern statement to the walkways this cathedral has a 16th-century look to its walkway.
Cathedral De Santa Maria De Burgos
If you want to witness the high gothic style, then you should surely visit Cathedral De Santa Maria De Burgos of Spain. One of the architects of this cathedral is Johannes von Koln, who is a German architect who brought gothic style Spain.
This cathedral was built between the 13th and 16th century and the purely European gothic cathedral in Spain. Ferdinand III of and Bishop Maurice were the principal architects of this cathedral in Burgos and then it was Jean de champagne and later by Johannes von Koln.
This cathedral is so beautiful that you cannot turn your eyes from it. millions of tourist visit this cathedral to encounter the finest gothic styles of it.
The interesting part about this cathedral is that there are two cathedrals in the same locations. In the Salamanca city of Spain, you will be about to witness the finest amalgam of modern and ancient architecture.
But how did two cathedrals come into existence instead of one? Many medieval cathedrals are rebuilding over a period of time. they are either modified or destroyed but the case of Salamanca Cathedral was different.
The “old Cathedral” of Salamanca was built in the 12th century and it was built in Romanesque style. Due to the old and rich work of the cathedral, the authorities decided not to demolish it and as a result, another “new Cathedral” was built next to it in the 16th century.
The “old cathedral” has magnificent gilt and pained apse. On the other hand, the “new cathedral” is the last Gothic cathedral built in the land of Spain.