Catedral de San Salvador, Jerez de la Frontera
The Catedral de San Salvedor lies just to the north of the Alcazar. Like many churches and cathedrals in this part of Spain, it was built on the site of the main mosque.
The present cathedral dates from the 18th century, and bridges Gothic, baroque and neo-classical styles. The interior is surprisingly light despite the heavy stone construction. There are several side chapels, and the church has a number of works of art. There are some pictures of the interior in my second tip on the Cathedral.
During the Fiesta de Otono, the first grapes of the sherry harvest are crushed on the cathedral steps.
The Cathedral was begun in 1695 and completed in 1778, so is not really all that old as cathedrals go. Note the starkness of the stone columns in the nave, and the contrast with the rich carvings in the arches and vaulting. The dome itself is relatively plain, but the transept vaults in particular have fine carvings.
The statues on the columns depict the apostles, as do the clerestory windows above the nave. The stained glass is quite simple, but allows plenty of light to flood in - too much in fact for me to get a good picture of any of the windows.
The cathedral is open for visits between 11 am and 1 pm. There is no admission charge.
Services are held daily in the evenings.
This is one of my favourite areas of Jerez. The view of the Cathedral of St Salvador is taken from a rectangular area adjacent to the Alcazar known Alameda Vieja. The area is lined with Jacaranda trees, some seats and a bandstand. It is normally peaceful, but is sometimes used for public events.
The cathedral dates from the 18th century and was built over the site of the main mosque. It is a handsome and peaceful place with some beautiful stained glass windows. When we visited the cathedral it was decorated with white flowers. It may not be as famous or rich as some of the cathedrals in greater Spanish cities, but there were few tourists and plenty of time to look around and appreciate the scene.
On the other side of the Alameda Vieja lies the rambling Bodega of Gonzalez Sherry. The most famous brand is "Tio Pepe" and you will see their marketing campaign almost everywhere you go !
The Cathedral may not be the most interesting or important in Spain, but if you like architecture and churches and cathedrals in general then why not visit Jerez's in Plaza Encarnacion. It is open Mondays to Fridays 11-13:00 and at 18:00
The Cathedral in Jerez was built during the 18th century in Baroque style with some added Gothic and Neoclassical elements and a wealthy adorned interior. The present church is one of the largest religious buildings in Jerez, Cathedral of San Salvador, Plaza de la Encarnation. is renowned mainly for its 14th century figure of Christ and Zurbaran's painting 'La Virgen Nina'.
The cathedral is a beautiful building constructed upon the site the original Main Mosque of Jerez and the old Church of Our Saviour. This 17th century building brings together Gothic, Baroque, and Neo-Classical styles
Monday to Friday · 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Saturdays · 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Sundays · 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Cathedral of San Salvador (or La Colegiata) is located not far from El Alcazar. It was built in the late 17th century in a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassicist style - on the site where an old mosque and later an earlier church once were, but the only part left of the earlier church is the 15th century free-standing bell-tower, which has some similarities to a minaret.
Unfortunately, the cathedral was closed and I couldn't go inside. But had a closer look at the facade, which is full of symbols, decorations, and other details. And in front of the cathedral is a statue of Pope John Paul II, who in 1980 elevated the rank of the church to a cathedral.
A complete surprise inside and very interesting. There was a very good exhibition on of 750 years of Christianity in Jerez when we were there in December 2014. Don't miss the very pretty Court of the Oranges in the back.
Entrance is €5 general entry
The cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera is very nice. It's really big and you can see a lot of different influences in the building, like christian and islamic.