The Cathedral is 'The' city landmark, but is overshadowed by the Alhambra. My guidebook devotes 3 pages to the Palace and a mere 18 lines on the Cathedral!
I was impressed by this building. In fact I was far more moved by the atmosphere and architecture, than I was by The Alhambra Palace - Please see my Tourist trap tips
I paid my entrance fee 2.5 Euros, and hired a 'taped guide' ( passport as deposit)
I did wish I had more hands - camera, notebook, audio guide, were enough to juggle, without needing one to lift my dropped jaw, as I stepped into the light, spacious, airy Cathedral ,with the afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass windows!
The Cathedrals plans were drawn up at the same time as the Royal Chapel.
This was to be the Symbolic monument of the Christian Conquest, built over the site of a previous Mosque and 5 times bigger!
Work commenced in 1523 by Enrique Egas and J G De Hontanon - who replicated their previous Gothic designs.
Charles (Carlos) V, honeymooning in Granada, saw this as the pantheon for his Dynasty - he extended his stay from 2 weeks to 3 months.
Things were shaken up when a young Diego de Siloe arrived in 1528, making radical changes to the plans. Architectural shape and ideological content were suited to his Renaissance style.
Carlos was unimpressed thinking this would conflict with designs for the Royal chapel. A determined Siloe convinced him that his plans were more appropiate for a man of Carlos's position. His flattery worked!
Siloe directed the work from 1528 til his death in 1563. Alonso Cano, who was a renowned painter, architect and sculptor of the Baroque school took on some of the work including the main facade on Plaza de las Pasiegas.
The Cathedral wasn't finished until the 18th century, partly delayed by the Plague, when 20,000 lives were lost. It had taken 183 years to complete.
Open 10.45 - 13.30 16.00 - 20.00 Mon - Sat and 16.00 - 20.00 Sun April - October
Nov - March the Cathedral closes one hour earlier at 19.00hrs.
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.
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.
In this photo you can see a view of the cathedral from Calle Oficios near the entrance to Capilla Real.
You can enter the cathedral of course, though as of yet I never have. I've seen my fair share of Catholic Cathedrals over the years! I hear it's got some interesting things to see inside and of course if you are catholic it would be a great place to attend mass.
I missed the Cathedral on our 1st visit to Granada, like many places in Spain, it closes for a siesta midday so plan your visit accordingly. On my second visit I made sure that we made time to see the Cathedral so we did a little shopping and then headed over to see it once it opened back up at 4:00 pm.
They started work on the Cathedral in 1521, after the deaths of Ferdinand and Isabella, and it was completed in 1714. The interior is mostly white and gold, none of my pictures do the interior justice. The main attraction inside the Cathedral is the gilded, domed Capilla Mayor, the dome painted in a heavenly blue starred design. There's a small museum inside the Cathedral, make sure you take a look.
Entrance to the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel next door are separate, I believe it was 3E to visit the Cathedral and 3E to visit the Royal Chapel.
Watch out for the gypsy ladies wielding rosemary here!
The Cathedral has been constructed according to desire of Isabella - on a place of the big mosque. 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.
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.
This is Granada's cathedral as seen from Plaza Pasiegas. As you can see it is quite a difficult job to get it all into one photo.
Each face of the cathedral looks completely different to the next. This is one of my favourite views though.
The Cathedral was built between 1518 and 1704
after the defeat of the moors in 1492 the catholic monarchs began an aggressive church building program in granada. many of the churches in granada are on the sites of former mosques. located in the center of granada is the impresive cathedral. it was designed by enrique de egas in the gothic style in 1523. later diego de siloe added renaissance details such as the facade and the capilla mayor. i must see site when in granada.
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.
Enrique de Egas began building the cathedral in a Gothic style in 1523 - but later Diego de Siloé continued his work in a Renaissance style... The Cathedral wasn't finished untill 1703.
The cathedral is very beautiful - outside and inside - and for anyone who has a small interest in churces/cathedrals this will be an overwelming experience!
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.
A mosque first, later turned into a cathedral by the Catholic Queen in 1523.
It's really enormous. Pay 2.50 euros and visit it inside and also the cathedral museum. For some moments you'll be away from the heat outside. Some interesting paintings can be seen. Outside it, you go around it. You'll se some interesting buildings. Also the spices marquet, the nice Pasiegas square and the narrow streets of Alcaceria.
Monday- Saturday: 10.30-13-30/16-19
Here is where the Catholic kings decided to be buried.
The construction of the Cathedral lasted from the 16th to the 18th century.
It was built over the former Central Mosque and shows a melange of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque motives.
It has three exterior facades, the main one being dedicated to the Holy Incarnation
A beautiful one, but nearly impossible to get all in a pic!!!. but I got as much as I could
We can enter at the Royal Chapel or go to the main entrance to have a look, or also at our left go to the Zoco, but personally I would see the Royal Chapel first, then outside have a look at the Palacio de la Madraza, then enjoy the facade of the cathedral, and finally enter in the Zoco.
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.