Catedral de la Annunciacion, Granada
The Cathedral has several facades. The main facade of the Cathedral comes on Plaza de las Pasiegas.
Inside the cathedral consists of five naves, surrounded by chapels, and galleries with the main altar white with gold behind. The Cathedral has many chapels of different ages and styles, the most interesting being the chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Antigua.
You can watch my 4 min 41 sec about Video Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
The Cathedral has been constructed according to desire of Isabella - on a place of the big mosque. The first stone of the Cathedral of Granada was laid in 1523 on the site of the ancient mosque. Its architect was Enrique Egas, master of the Old Gothic School. These works, concentrating on the foundations, lasted five years.
Works have been completed only in 1704. Diego de Siloe and Alonso Kano were the main architects. There is the Kano's burial place in the Cathedral. Works of Kano are exposed in the Cathedral.
Cathedral of Granada has impressive facades and a stunning interior with a grand altar and several chapels.
You can watch my 4 min 41 sec about Video Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
The Cathedral of Granada should become a symbol of the statement of christianity in the former Muslim capital. The construction of the cathedral began in 1520, but was delayed for some centuries. The Cathedral is considered the first Renaissance temple of Spain. Imitations of this Cathedral can be seen in many Spanish cities. An entrance into the Cathedral is from Gran Via de Colon.
March - August:
Mon - Sat: 10:45-13:30, 16:00-20:00 h
Sundays and Holidays: 16:00-20:00 h
September - February:
Mon - Sat: 10:45-13:30, 16:00-19:00 h
Sundays and Holidays: 16:00-19:00 h
General admission: 4 euros
• Children under 10 and disabled: free entry
• Groups of over 65 years (request by fax): 2.50 euros
....then Granada's cathedral is worth an exploration.
For obvious reasons...the long Moorish rule in the area....this cathedral is not as old as many others in Europe. It largely dates from the mid-1500s onwards, although an earlier structure was started on...inevitably....the site of the city's main mosque.
The cathedral took 181 years to construct altogether and has a circular area in its centre, in which is the main altar.
Being post-Gothic, the cathedral lacks the intricracies of stonework and woodwork which one finds in earlier structures and so, for me, it felt somewhat 'plain'.
I enjoyed a fairly brief wander, popping into the small museum where sundry religious paintings, artefacts , sculptures and tapestry-work are on display. A lifelike, life-sized, fully-bloodied head of John the Baptist was particularly striking!
The massive 'choral books' (around a metre square!) on display in cases set around the cathedral proper are something I had not come across before.. I suppose they had to be huge so that the choristers could see the music! I think they date from the 1600s, but am not sure.
I also enjoyed visiting the Sacristy, mostly because I was very taken with the intricately-carved mirrors around the room, each set at a perfect angle for the religious to ensure that their robes were perfectly set up.
I didn't take photos of any artefacts. It's really not a good idea to use flash for ancient artefacts and many are is too dimly lit to photograph without it.
By the way, the poor, sobbing old chap you may well come across at the cathedral entrance, whose sobs may persuade you to part with a euro or so (as they did for me) can also be found in the evenings sobbing his way around the tapas bars in the most-popular areas. I suspect he does quite well in Granada's high season...........
This richly ornate Renaissance cathedral with its spectacular altar is one of the country's architectural highlights, acclaimed for its beautiful facade and gold-and-white interior. It was begun in 1521 and completed in 1714.
Enrique de Egas created the original Gothic-style plans, but it was Renaissance maestro Diego de Siloé who designed the facade and the chief attraction inside the cathedral, the Capilla Mayor, a rotunda circled by an ambulatory. Capilla Mayor is surmounted by a 45m (150-ft.) dome. The graceful rotunda has two architectural layers, the upper one adorned by art by Alonso Cano depicting the life of the Madonna along with stunning stained glass that dates from the 1500s. At the entrance to the rotunda is a pair of panels, one depicting Ferdinand and Isabella in prayer, the other by Alonso Cano depicting Adam and Eve.
Several glittering side chapels also decorate the cathedral, and one is especially extravagant, the carved and gilded Capilla de Nuestra Señora de la Antigua, also known as the Capilla Dorada, on the north wall. Before leaving the area, and once outside, note the Puerta del Perdón, a notably elaborate side entrance facing north on Calle de la Cárcel.
An imposing building, but fairly light and airy inside.
Multiple organs (seems to be the thing in Spanish churches,) and the normal multiple ornate chapels.
As per normal there is some spectacular art work here.
There was supposed to be no photography in here, but everyone else was taking photo's (many with flash - grrrrrrr) so why not.
As I have said in previous tips, people need to learn to turn their flash's off. It will ruin being able to take photo's for everyone soon. Also people need to be able to read the obvious graphic signs that clearly indicate NO PHOTOGRAPHY.
The Catholic Monarchs ordered the construction of the Cathedral after taking the city in 1492. Since the beginning the cathedral was planned projected following Renaissance designs. The construction lasted 2 centuries. Some of the most important architects and artist of that period, such as Diego de Siloé and Alonso Cano, took part on it.
Once inside the cathedral, the bright white color highlights. As the marble pieces that make the columns had different tonalities, they were painted white. The floor is white and black like a chessboard.
Emperor Carlos V intended to create here the royal mausoleum: the Main Chapel was designed to perform this function. But his son Felipe II ordered to build the monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, which became the site where all the kings of Spain from Carlos V on are buried. The Main Chapel contains the kneeling effigies of the Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Fernando by Pedro de Mena.
A room on the left aisle near the façade keeps part of the treasure of the cathedral. This is the place where the artist and architect Alonso Cano had his workshop and lived while working on the cathedral. He was the author of the main façade. Along the cathedral, on the cornice, there are some of his paintings. When I visited the cathedral (August 2010), these paintings were exhibited along the ambulatory around the Main Chapel (pics 3 & 4; in pic 2 you can see the bare wall in the locations of the paintings). One of the masterpieces kept in the Sacristy is the Alonso Cano’s Immaculate Conception (pic 5). He also made the busts of Adam and Eve in the Main Chapel.
There are also works of El Greco and José de Ribera the Spanoleto.
I recommend taking an audio-guide of the cathedral. There are 32 tracks with precise information of the main history, the chapels, altarpieces, the Treasure and other items.
Monday - Saturday: 10:45-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hours
Sundays and holidays: 16:00-20:00 hours
Monday - Saturday: 10:45-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hours
Sundays: 16:00-19:00 hours
Entrance fee: 3,50 €.
Included in the Granada City Pass.
Right in the center of the city you will find the main Cathedral in Granada and like all the rest in Spain it is amazing. The pillars are massive and during my trip to Spain I got a new sense of time and how long it actually took to build these structures.
In the web link below you can follow along to my travelogue with more pictures of the interior of this great cathedral.
The cathedral is huge, yet the city buildings come virtually right up to its walls. It's hard to get a good view of the building from the outside.
Many people after visiting Al Hambra skip the Granada Cathedral. I suggest that you do not do this. It is worth a visit.
Built in the 15-16 century it was meant to be a copy of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The Cathedral took 180 year to build, often being held up because of events like the plague. It has Renaissance and Gothic sections. The only section remaining of the original Great Mosque on this spot is the Muslim ablutions well outside the chapel.
The Royal Chapel (Gothic), built by the Catholic Monarchs (Isabela and Ferdinand) is next door.
The AudioGuide here was not worth while imo. It did not follow any order. It was difficult to place the sites being described, despite the map provided with the AudioGuide.
The ornate capillas are worth viewing. Good written descriptions in front of each one.
Note especially the Chapel of the Trinity with paintings by El Greco.
The stained glass windows are spectacular.
Entry to the Cathedral, the Sacristy and the Museum was Euro 2.50 in September, 2009.
Entry is from the Gran Via.
Both the day before our our tour of the Alhambra and the afternoon we returned from it, we happened to walk past Granada's Cathedral. For some reason, I got the impression that was overshadowed by its more famous neighbour up the hill. Some maps just call it the 'Cathedral', others say it is the 'Catedral-Iglesia del Sagario-Capilla Real' or finally the 'Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion'.
As we walked past while exploring the city near our hostal, I noticed that getting a decent photo of it would not be an easy task, it seemed to be hemmed in from all sides by the everyday working buildings of the city. Anyway, I gave it a couple of trys as seen here. Apparently, it took 180-years to build this Gothic-style structure (between the years 1523 and 1704) due to various hiccups, including financial problems and three great bubonic plagues that ravaged Spain (1596-1602, 1646-1652 and 1676-1685). In the end, it never did get the two massive towers that would have really made it stand out. Sue and her sister attempted to have a closer look on our sunny afternoon visit, but it was closed.
It's quite difficult to get a proper view of the Cathedral from outside as it is hemmed in by other buildings. You can however get a very good view of it from the Alcazaba at the Alhambra.
The space inside is huge, and remarkably light and airy with massive white columns set off by gold detail.
There is apparently no prohibition on photography, so when I was there it was full of snapping tourists, but fortunately it was large enough for them to be spread out and not ruin the atmosphere.
There was also a small museum displaying vestments and gold and silver chalices etc. in which photography was prohibited.
There is also a display of pages from a medieval hymnal - beautiful illuminated manuscripts if (like me) you like that sort of thing.
Open mornings 10.45-1.30, afternoons 4.00-7.30, admission €3.50
Granada's Cathedral is not a very obvious structure. When you arrive at its front portal, located on Plaza Pasiegas you will be surprised how hemmed in it seems. It seems as if they were trying to make it fade into the adjoining buildings. Same from the rear entrance on one of the main streets in Granada, just a small iron gate and you cannot see the Cathedral at all.
It only seems to come into perspective when you climb up to the Alhambra, from there you can see the size and scope of the Cathedral.
While admiring the outside of the Cathedral, either for its' vastness (try squeezing it all onto a photo!) or its' decorative architecture, You might miss this example of ancient graffitti!
It's 400 years old and was painted in honour of Juan Latino - the first Black Professor in Europe and the first known Black author of literature
Born in 1516, possibly in Ethiopia, he came to Cordoba aged 12 with his slave mother, who served the daughter of the eminant General Gonzalo Fernandez. Aged 14 he moved to Granada, where he attended the Duke of Sessa.
One of his duties was to carry this Latin scholars books. Later he took lessons with him. Juan showed an exceptional talent in Latin - hence his nickname, and he studied at the Catholic school, then the new University of Granada.
Juan soon became known as an expert in latin - he was now teaching his master!, and as a talented musician and poet.
He was also famed for his wit and graceful manners. Plays were written about him (Lope de Vega and La Famosa Comedia de Juan Latino) and Cervantes even mocked him in one of the prefacing poems of Don Quioxte.
He gained his BA in 1546 and 10 years later his MA, when he became professor of Grammar.
His students celebrated his achievement by writing these slogans and messages on the walls of the Cathedral. They used a mix of red clay, pepper, olive oil and bulls blood, to make their writing material. Probably a bit more environmentally friendly than aerosol paint spray!!
In 1565 he was bestowed the prestigious honour of giving the opening exercise of the Academic year in Latin.
Juan Latino was well regarded and respected, which is an achievement in a country that at the time was undergoing religious fanaticism and nationalist fervour.
He had also fallen in love with Dona Ana, the daughter of the Dukes Estate manager - they wed and had 4 children
I think this graffitti was on the wall to the right of the main facade on Plaza de las Pasiegas. I was too engrossed in the story of Juan Latino to take much notice.
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is Granada's stunning cathedral. It is in Reneissance style, with Baroque and Gothic elements, and it's a very imposing building. The plan was designed by Diego de Siloé. As the cathedral is nearly embedded within the neighbouring buildings, it's really hard to get a good picture of it.
I must admit that, inside, I did not find it as stunning as I would have thought. It is richly decorated and ornated, all by one hand, that of Alonso Cano - but, maybe because of the very dim light, I found it a bit cold and impersonal. Not very welcoming...
The Cathedral museum is located in the chapel and the sacristy halls of the Cathedral. Here you can you can find religious paintings, sculptures and manuscripts most of them donated by empress Elisabeth and Charles V
Los fondos del museo lo constituyen fundamentalmente el legado de los Reyes Católicos y otros del Emperador Carlos V y la Emperatriz Isabel, siendo objetos de muy diversa naturaleza: joyas, reliquias, ornamentos, libros, tapices y pinturas.