Within the cathedrals crypt is the tomb of Manuel de Falla, he was born in Cadiz in 1876. He was a composer that won international recognition for his music. He was buried here in 1946 after his death.
The other notable person whose tomb is in the crypt is Jos? Maria Pem?n (1898-1980) a Spanish linguist, journalist.
The crypt was one of the things that most impressed me with the cathedral. It was built between 1722 and 1730 and is made of Oyster stone, excavated locally from the sea. It has a central vault (pictured) with a number of side rooms used for the burial of the cathedrals bishops and notable people from Cadiz.
You can visit the cathedral tower for the cost of 3 Euros. We did not take the long trip to the top as we had just visited the Torre Tavira. It would be an interesting vantage point to take in the views over the city and port of Cadiz.
Or to give it its full name - The Holy and Apostolic Cathedral of Cadiz. It was built due to the poor condition of the old cathedral and work started in 1722. It took another 116 years before it was regarded as being complete and because of this incorporates a number of architectural styles.
This is maybe the greatest landmark in Cadiz. It is topped by a dome of golden tiles. It is rather modern, as it was finished only in the 20th century.
Its Museum houses an impressive collection of church treasures and in the crypt lies the tomb of composer Manuel de Falla, born in Cadiz, whose music is evocative of the magic of Andalucia. The cathedral has recently been re opened after an impressive work of restoration.
Here is a photo of the square in front of the cathedral. Many of the streets lead to this square. You might get pushed into the square by an Atlantic tailwind or you might just be following the crowd.
There is a museum in the Cathedral that contains some of the priceless booty that helped to build the structure. The Plaza Catedral where it's located has some restaurants and is a picturesque setting to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
The Cathedral is best seen, in my opinion, from behind along the Campo del Sur (the road running along the Atlantic Ocean side). It is from this vantage point that the domes seem to rise most majestically and the contrast of the pink buildings and white walls againts the blue waters and sky is most impressive. The Cathedral was built in the 18th century mostly with money from the New World.
Take the stair to the Cathedral Tower and enjoy the great view over the city. The dome, with it's yellow tiles looks good, both from below and from the Tower.
So amazingly beautiful! I was in absolute awe when I visited this cathedral. You can go up to the top of the cathedral and see some awesome vews of the city.