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?
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…)
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?