Cathedral de Saint Mary, Tarragona

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    Cathedral Basilica of Tarragona

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 14, 2014

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    The Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria is the See of the Archbishop of Tarragona who exercises his Episcopal ministry at the service of the whole Archdiocese. That Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, Saint Paul and his disciple Saint Thecla. It was erected on the foundations of ancient temple. Its construction began in 1171 and it was consecrated in 1331, although the construction continued further after that date. Since that cathedral has not been destroyed during the wars and never robbed by any revolutionaries we have today real monument of Catalan Gothic architecture and art of XIII-XVI centuries. To see everything outside and inside of Cathedral you need at least three hours. Regarding to me, I spent there five hours and I would spend more with the greatest pleasure.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Main Portal

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 13, 2014

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    Main Portal of the Cathedral was built about 1278 and was excellent example of early gothic architecture. Portal decorated with the statues of Biblical Prophets and Heroes. Central statue is the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus. Tympanum decorated with figure of Jesus Christ as the Man of Sorrow and scenes of the Doomsday and Last Judgment.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Cathedral, Interiors.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 13, 2014

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    This Cathedral is not the biggest in Europe but its length is 104 meters and width is 54 meters. Quite impressive dimensions, should I say. Cathedral still possess its wooden choirs made in the beginning of XVI century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Chapel of Baptism

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Chapel of Baptism is another chapel in this Cathedral which preserved its gothic interiors till nowadays. Although some tombs were added here in XVII and XVIII centuries there are many statues, decorative architectural elements and stained glass windows made in XV century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Chapel of Gospels

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 10, 2014

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    Chapel of Gospels in the Tarragona Cathedral is dedicated to Virgin Mary and also known as the Chapel of Saint Mary. This chapel probably is the most colorful among all others because original paints are mostly survived till nowadays. In fact that chapel basically preserved its original appearance of XIV-XV centuries. The only disappointing thing during my visit was the absence of wood carved altarpiece of XIV century. I hope it was no missing but taken away for some restoration.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Tomb of Joan of Aragon

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 9, 2014

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    On the right hand side of the presbytery is the luxurious tomb of Joan of Aragon the Archbishop of Tarragona and nominal Patriarch of Alexandria. That bishop consecrated the cathedral of Tarragona in 1331. His personal coats of arms are shown over his tomb. First one with the big letter “T” is his coat of arms as the Bishop of Tarragona and second divided coat of arms shows the colors of Royal House of Aragon and Anjou branch and French Royal House of Valois. Joan was the son of Jaime II the King of Aragon and Sicily.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    High Altar

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 9, 2014

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    High Altar of Tarragona Cathedral is the master piece of Catalan Fine Arts of XV century. High Altar was made by famous Catalan sculptor and woodcarver Pere Joan in the period of 1426-1451. It has two side doorways leading to the ambulatory. Just have a look at the picture and you will realize this altar is the excellent example of local high gothic art.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Statues of High Altar

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 9, 2014

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    There are five main statues in the high altar of the cathedral. Three of them were made by famous Catalan sculptor and woodcarver Pere Joan in the period of 1426-1451. They are the central statue of Virgin Mary, the statue of Saint Paul on the right hand side and statue of Saint Thecla on the left hand side. At the beginning of XVI century two more statues of Archangels were installed on the top of high altar. These are the statues of Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel. Saint Michael is shown in splendid knightly full suit of armor crashing the devil. As usually devil is the looser who is about to receive the final blow at his nose by the spearhead of Toledo’s cold steel.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Panels of high altar.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 9, 2014

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    The panels or carved and painted icons of high altar were created by famous Catalan sculptor and woodcarver Pere Joan in the period of 1426-1451. First set of icons dedicated to the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Second set of icons dedicated to the first virgin-martyr Saint Thecla.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Cantoris and Decani sides of the Choir.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 9, 2014

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    Cantoris and Decani sides of the Choir preserved their original murals and painted statues made in the end of XIV, beginning of XV centuries. Arches and statues of different characters are decorated with the shields bearing coat of arms belonging to people who donated for creating these sculptures and murals.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Statue of San Miguel

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 2, 2014

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    This statue of Saint Michael the Archangel destroying Satan is situated in the ambulatory behind the high altar. It is over the arc of small chapel. These figures were made by famous Catalan sculptor and woodcarver Pere Joan between 1426 and 1451 while he was working on the high altar here. The cuirass and especially pauldrons of both characters are the fantasy of author. But look at the face of Saint Michael! He is utterly satisfied doing his job! So, batman is just a Big Mouse and Saint Michael is the Real Hero! Don’t miss this wonderful statue; you can get to ambulatory through the high altar or from the chapels of the epistles and gospels.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Chapel of Holy Sacraments

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 2, 2014

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    Chapel of Holy Sacraments is beautiful but not as interesting as other gothic chapels of the Cathedral. This chapel was built in XVII-XVIII centuries in typical for that period style of baroque. Normally majority of regular church services take place here and don’t prevent tourists to enjoy with huge cultural heritage of the Cathedral.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Chapel of Saint Elisabeth and Holy Burial.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 2, 2014

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    This chapel is situated in the northern nave of cathedral. It mostly preserved its original XVth century appearance although the ceiling fresco was made in XVIth century. Here you can see the scene of Holy Burial of Jesus Christ. All statues are made in natural human size.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 2, 2014

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    The Cathedral of Tarragona should be proud because it still has original frescos painted in mid and second part of XIV century, and amazingly, they are in relatively excellent condition. The most excellent are in the Chapels of Saint Helen and Saint Lucia. Frescos show you some saints including already mentioned and famous story of Saint Helen and how she found the True Cross in Jerusalem. These two frescos with that story are invaluable source on appearance of West European Jews in second part of XIV century. You can easily recognize them because white circles on theirs black habits.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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    Chapel of Cordona

    by Oleg_D. Written Jan 2, 2014

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    Chapel of Cordona family is situated in the northern nave of cathedral. You will easily find it because this is the only chapel of the north nave preserved its XV century original interiors. You will find there a copy of so-called Black Madonna of Montserrat, excellent altarpiece with painted panels and stained glass windows of XV century. My conclusion is – this chapel is another wonderful example of Catalan Gothic architecture and arts.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

    Open:
    Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.
    From March 17 to November 4: 10:00 h to 19:00 h.
    From 5 November to 16 March: 10:00 h to 17:00 h.
    Saturday from 10:00 h to 19:00 h.

    Individual tickets to visit the Tarragona Cathedral, Cloister and Diocesan Museum:
    Adults: 5 €
    Children: 7-16 years old: 3 €
    Over 65 years: 3 €
    Free: children up to 7 years old and unemployed.

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