Oh god, when I saw the cathedral from the bottom of the stairs that lead to it I noticed how impressive it is. We walked up the steps on the baroque stairway of the cathedral which is located on the highest point of the Old Town. It was closed so we walked around a bit till we return again and walk again the steps (yes, perfect for aerobic exercise but not when walking around all day).
The cathedral started to built in 1038 but the construction continued the next 6 centuries (!) so you can see different styles on it. The first building was built in Romanesque style (still visible on the cloister and the tower of Charlemagne) but redesigned in 1312.
The nave is really wide -about 23 meters- in gothic style (only St.Peter in Rome wider, at 46m!). The façade has a quite interesting catalan baroque style. We loved some beautiful relief sculptures. The nicely decorated tapestry (called Tapis de la Creacio) is also interesting representing characters from the Bible (too bad photo aren’t allowed). The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary (Catedral de Santa María de Gerona).
After our visit we stand outside on the stairway where many students gather and we enjoyed the sun and the photo exhibition on the side wall (pic 3)
The cathedral is open daily 10.00-20.00 (November-march till 19.00). The entrance fee is 5euro. During worship you can only visit the treasury and cloister (3 euro). It is free on Sunday (you can only see the treasury and cloister till 14.00).
Built in 1416, the single nave is the widest Gothic span in christendom. The west face is Catalan Baroque but the rest of the building is Gothic.
The main interest of my visit to this place was the museum with its collection of amazingly beautiful art, altarpieces and its most famous item the well preserved 11-12 century tapestry of 'The Creation'.
Though there was an absolute anti-photo stance in the cathedral with staff running after anyone seen taking a photo - later I even got asked not to take photos outside in the cloisters - a woman taking photos inside the museum with her flash in disregard to the paintings from centuries back and even inside the darkened enclosure of the Creation tapestry was not approached at all!
The medieval look of the surrounding buildings also made it an appealing place to get a few photos.
Round to the right and behind the cathedral are steps and a path around to the Passeig Arqueologic which are the ramparts, first raised by the Romans, still intact turned into an archeological walk which runs right around the city and providing excellent views over the old town.
Girona Cathedral , uphill from the river, can be seen from many points in the city. After walking through the old town you come to a wide stairway leading up to the cathedral. The cathedral has got a beautiful baroque façade and inside it has got the widest Gothic nave in Europe.
The entrance is to the left as you have walked up the stairs. The admission to the cathedral, cloister and treasury was 5 Euro (February 2008). You will get a map and an audio guide. On the map there are 27 numbers where the audio guide will tell you good information. The last stop is in a dark room where the beautiful Creation Tapestry is hanging. Considering it was made during the 11th and 12th century it is very impressive!
The cathedral is open the following hours:
10 - 14 and 16 - 19, Tue - Sat (March - June)
10 - 20, Tue - Sat (July - September)
10 - 14 and 16 - 18, Tue - Sat (October - February)
10 - 14, Sundays and Holidays
The Cathedral had a WOW effect to me from outside and even more from inside.
It is the result of various superimposed styles ( 11th to 18th centuries ). Of the first Romanesque building ( 1038 ), the cloister ( 3rd photo ) and part of a tower ( 4th photo ) are conserved. The single nave is the broadest of Gothic arhitecture in the world. My mouth opened when I entered into Cathedral. The Cathedral Museum displays the famous tapestry of the Creation ( 12th century ), it is hidden behind the curtaines in the Cathedrals Treasury where other gold and silverwork is presented. If you go to Musewum ask for audioguide which helps you wonder around this splendid cathedral.
Entrance fee 5 EUR
Girona's huge Cathedral dominates the skyline of the town centre. The Cathedral was built in 1416 and has survived many seiges during it's long history. The west side of the Cathedral is built in Catalan Baroque style while the rest of the building is Gothic. The Cathedral houses a museum and also boasts impressive cloisters. The Cathedral is part of the town's historic and archeological walk whihc runs along the old town, mostly atop the city's ancient ramparts.
This might not be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain, to be honest, but it's a very impressive one! Especially with the stairway going up. This cathedral (Santa María) was built between the XI-XVIII centuries, so in it's architecture you can find different styles, such as romanic, gothic and barroc. The inside of the church is quite impressive, mainly because of its width. Also from the top of the stairs, you have an amazing view of the city since it's quite high above. It's definitelly a must see if you go to Girona.
A huge building on the upper town that could be seen from many parts of the city .. worth a visit inside and from outside where a cosy square get a nice well amidst the ramparts acces and the cathedral
The Cathedral of Girona is one of the seven wonders of Catalunya and is one of the best attractions to visit in the city. It was begun in the 10th century as a Romanesque cathedral and completed in 1038. Little of the original construction remained, however, after a few centuries of back and forth fighting between Catalans and Moors, and a new structure was begun in 1332, this time in Gothic style. As with many mediaeval Cathedrals, it took several centuries to complete and the finishing touches were not made until the 18th century. For this reason, the façade of the Cathedral (truly impressive either from below or when on the level of the church) is in Baroque style, as is the nave of the church.
Equally impressive are the steps the lead from the Plaça de la Catedral to the building itself. This is not for the faint of heart and, if you need assistance, it would be better to take the round about way of winding up behind the cathedral on other streets in the Call.
The major attraction of Girona is its magnificent cathedral which can be reached by climbing a baroque staircase.
The cathedral was build between the 11th and 18th century in various architectual styles, including Gothic and Romanesque. Unfortunately it was under construction when I visited Girona ... :-(
The Cathedral is located at the Placa de la Cathedral on the eastbank of the river Onyar.
After an architectural meeting, this cathedral announced as the one which has the widest gothic nave. The building has different styles of different eras. The stairs are from the 17th century, the main façade is baroque, the cloister is from 12th century, the bell tower is from 11th century.
Entrance fee is 4 euros for cultural visits, audio guide included. If you want to see the bell tower, additional fee is 2 euros.
You can visit the cathedral virtually by following this link:
Girona's major attraction is the 14th century cathedral, on top of a 17th-century baroque staircase with 90 steep steps. The cathedral combines many architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic to Catalán baroque (e.g. the facade from the 17th and 18th centuries). Do go inside and realize that the nave is the broadest in the world of Gothic architecture (23 m).
Truly breathtaking - both the climb as well as the interior!!!
Just a funny must-see activity. When it's hot, the steps seem like a road to heaven. After you climb them, you'll enter the medieval church and feel cooler air, the contrast between full and dim light will be a delight to you.
Probably the most important place in Girona, the Cathedral is the mixture of different styles - it was built between 11th and 18th centuries. Below you will find a description given by Girona Tourist Office:
'Of the first Romanesque building (1038), the cloister and part of a tower are conserved. The apse with ambulatory (14th century) responds to the project of a church with three naves which, in the 15th century, was changed for that of the present-day single nave, the widest Gothic nave in the world. The Museum displays the famous Tapestry of the Creation (12th century), the Beatus (10th century) and a rich of medieval gold and silverwork'
By the way - entrance is free :)
At the end of the stairs of a small square you'll find the cathedral. Get inside and admire all that it has to offer that is not little. The altars, the stained glasses, the grave of Ramon Berenguer (an important character in the catalonia history) and much more.
Building for this cathedral started in 1038 and much of the structure dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. The capanelle is Romanesque and the nave is one of the world's widest Gothic naves, at around 75 feet wide. The area around the cathedral is a historic area of worship for Christians, Muslims, and Jews.