The Most Beautiful Cathedrals in Spain

The Most Beautiful Cathedrals in Spain

I love visiting old churches & cathedrals in search of unique art pieces. Beautiful interiors and decorations with a story behind simply take my breath away! Do you feel the same way?! Check this list and make sure not to miss these spiritual places with their unique architectural structures.

So where do you find the most beautiful Cathedrals in Spain?

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Burgos/The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos

Many people in Spain would claim that The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos is the most beautiful cathedral in the whole country. They won’t get an argument from me on that! And it´s not only about the Gothic facade – it´s more about those majestic interiors! (Read more…)

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Mallorca/The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma or La Seu

One of Europe’s tallest Gothic cathedrals and Mallorca´s most emblematic building –  La Seu. Built in the 14th century on the site of the mosque, the Mallorca´s cathedral has 61 stained-glass windows and is often called the “Cathedral of Light”. The famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was invited to assist in restoration works at La Seu. An enormous crown-of-thorns illuminated canopy that hangs over the altar was the result of his modernist vision.

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Zaragoza/The Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Pilar

The Baroque Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady Pilar is definitely the symbol of Zaragoza city and one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain. It was constructed in 1872, while three of its four towers which were finished later in 1907, 1959 and 1961. Each of them has a height of 92 m.

Inside the cathedral is huge and no photos are allowed, while in every other Spanish cathedral they simply don´t let you take pictures with a flash. No need to mention that people were taking pictures anyway…

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Salamanca/The Old and The New Cathedrals

You can hardly find another city in Spain that perfectly combines a youthful and modern environment with traditional and historical beauty. While being a UNESCO World Heritage site, Salamanca is internationally famous for its University (one of the oldest in the whole of Europe). A Cathedral with its splendid views is a must stop.

In fact, the Cathedral of Salamanca is composed by two churches joined together: The Old Cathedral (12th-13th centuries) is in the Romanesque style and the The New Cathedral (16th century) with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance elements.

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Toledo/The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo

I still remember visiting Toledo 10 years ago – back then, I felt like The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo had one of the most beautiful interiors I´ve ever visited in my life. All the majestic decorations (including works by El Greco and Caravaggio) surrounded by a unique atmosphere, turn the Toledo´s Cathedral into an outstanding gem.

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Santiago de Compostela/The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is one of the most important religious structures in Spain. It is the main pilgrimage site for people from all over the world and the finishing stop of the famous 790km -long Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

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Cordoba/Mosque-Cathedral Monumental Site of Cordoba

Famous for its unique mix of architectural styles, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is one of the most emblematic places in Southern Spain. The distinctive red and white arches take you back in the times when Muslims ruled Al-Andalus (modern Andalusia), including most of Spain and Portugal. It is impressive to see the two major religions increasing their footprint in the same place for hundreds of years.

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Barcelona/La Sagrada Familia Basilica

Last but not least, La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona: one of Gaudi´s most famous works. That´s a must-stop in the city, even when you only have 36h in Barcelona, this iconic place can´t be missed!

Although, when you realize that it´s one of the most touristic places in Spain – I find it extremely frustrating that the Basilica has been under construction since 1882. Every time I visit Barcelona – it seems like nothing has changed. However, as a fan of Gaudi artworks, I was absolutely smitten with La Sagrada Familia during my first visit. So restoration works can´t really stop an authentic art lovers here.

What about you? 

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46 Comments

  1. California Globetrotter

    I have so much of Spain to visit, mostly because I want to see these amazing churches! Sadly, I’ve only been to Barcelona! #FeetDoTravel

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    • Anna

      Yes, Spain has so many things to see! I had no idea back when I moved here and now struggling to visit it all!

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  2. Emese

    They really are beautiful! I love cathedrals in Europe, they are works of art… one of these years I’ll need to make it to Spain, your post is inspiring me. Thanks for sharing #FeetDoTravel

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    • Anna

      Thanks so much, Emese!

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  3. Shauna

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. Your picture of Cordoba brought back memories of a trip from 8 years ago! I think it’s time to go back and tick a few more off the list while I’m at it! #feetdotravel

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Shauna! Cordoba was so beautiful, I´m thinking of going back one day myself!

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  4. Cynthia / Adventuring Woman

    I think I’d like to visit Toledo the most–you had me at El Greco and Caravaggio. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a photo of La Sagrada Familia without construction stuff on it! Spain clearly has an incredible wealth of cathedrals to enjoy, thanks for giving some history on each one. #feetdotravel

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Cynthia! Toledo Cathedral is gorgeous!

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Wendy!

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  5. Emily

    I just got back from Barcelona and loved visiting both la Sagrada Familia and the Cathedral there! They’re so different but both incredibly beautiful. I love cathedrals, so hopefully I’ll get to visit some of these other ones in the future 🙂

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    • Anna

      Barcelona has so many sides and architectural styles!

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  6. PHIL AND GARTH

    Spain has such an amazing cathedrals, I’m lucky to have visited a few you feature in your post. Sagrada Familia is my favourite, whilst The Cordoba Mosque Cathedral has to have the most unique interior I’ve ever seen. #FeetDoTravel

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    • Anna

      So true about The Cordoba Mosque Cathedral, I guess I´ve never seen anything like it either!

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  7. Eena

    This is so beautiful. I would definitely love to visit Spain and it’s cathedrals one day.

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Eena!

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  8. Shona

    These cathedrals really are spectacular. I’ve only been to a couple but then I’ve only been to Barcelona and Madrid so there’s a lot more of Spain for me to explore and some of these cathedrals will now be part of that. I’ve pinned to refer to when I plan my next Spanish adventure. 🙂

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    • Anna

      Thank you, Shona!

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    • Anna

      Yes, there´s always such a discouraging line of tourists there lol

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  9. Tina

    Only been to Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca so far but I loved both places so much! Definitely need to visit more in Spain 🙂 ♥

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    Tina

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Tina!

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    • Anna

      Thank you, Ellese!

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  10. Shannon

    Wow, such beautiful architecture! Gorgeous photos! The photo of Burgos is stunning with that striking blue sky background!

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    • Anna

      The Burgos Cathedral is such a masterpiece, one of the most beautiful cathedrals ever!

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  11. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)

    Which ONE would we visit? Uhm, ALL of them? Yes, definitely. We have been to Sagrada Familia and Santa Maria of Palma, but would not mind going back! Of the rest, Santiago de Compostela is at the top of our list. However, we would pick “all of the above!”

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    • Anna

      Thanks, Rob and Ann! Santiago de Compostela is one of the most emblematic places in the whole country! Wish I could visit again anytime soon!

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  12. Dess

    Those places look amazing. Iam a big fan of Gothic cathedrals, should definitely visit one in Spain too. Xoxo

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  13. Brianne Tursi Manz

    These cathedrals are simply breath-taking! The photos are simply amazing! I want to see these some day!

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  14. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    This is what I want most to see in Spain! The majestic basilicas and cathedrals. They are massive and beautiful! The architecture is beyond words. I wish I could travel there. I would want to see the La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona first.

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  15. joy

    aren’t cathedrals just stunning? I would like to visit them all but esp #4 due to the setting on the water. how picturesque. #3’s architecture is very alluring though.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

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  16. Lohas Canada

    there is something about the architecture that transports me into another place in a different time. I love when you first walk into a cathedral and you feel the atmosphere change. If only the walls could talk!

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  17. Heather

    They are absolutely gorgeous! I want to go solely so I can take in all of the beauty and take a ton of pictures!

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  18. Cinny

    I have been to a couple of those! So I’d say some of the other ones I haven’t yet had a chance to visit.

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  19. Cherishingflo

    The barcelona one gave me Disney vibes but I loooove these they look so phenomenal!

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  20. Amy-Lynn Denham

    I’m always in awe of this level of architecture. The thought. The planning. The creativity. Wow.

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  21. Emily Fata

    Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time in Spain! I’ve never been myself yet, but it’s a place that’s on my Travel Bucket List, for sure. I’m a sucker for architecture like those of these churches.

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  22. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    My husband and I are planning a European visit next year and Spain is on top of our list. I love this post about Spain I want to visit them all!

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  23. Subhashish Roy

    I too love the calm and peace of cathedrals. The only ones I have been to only the Toledo and Sagrada cathedrals in your list above. Would love to visit the others.

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  24. Emman Damian

    I really want to visit The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma in Mallorca. It’s one of the places which is very pretty in Spain. Hope to see it soon!

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  25. Amanda m

    Spain is an architecture-enthusiasts paradise. I’ve spent some time in the cathedral in Barcelona and absolutely loved it. I always make a point of going to cathedrals in the places I visit.

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  26. Ashley Rice

    All of these look so beautiful! Totally need to go to Spain so I can see all of these in person.

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  27. Lyanna Soria

    They all look absolutely amazing in my eyes. I would love to visit this place someday. <3

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  28. dreaming.loud

    These cathedrals are so beautiful, they are so amazing..! I love your article, I enjoyed reading a lot..!

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