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Visiting granada Cathedral

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The Cathedral is located in the centre of the Muslim area and dates back to 1523. It has a nave and four aisles, a crossing and circular apse. Alonso Cano built the main façade with sculptures by Duque Cornejo, Risueño and Verdiguier while the only tower of the two planned ended up half finished. On the northern side, there is La Puerta del Perdón, a magnificent work of Diego de Siloé who also built La Puerta de San Jerónimo. The chancel is not only stunning, but includes skillful architectural solutions provided by Siloé. Its circular plan and great height contain semi-circular arches upon which a double series of balconies rest. The glass windows of the upper part add light and colour to the whole. Medrano and Mena sculpted the statues of the Catholic Monarchs and Alonso Cano the busts of Adam and Eve. The side chapels contain marvellous works of art. In the sacristy, there is a figure of Christ by Martinez Montañes, an Annunciation and a valued image of the Virgin Mary by Alonso Cano, together with other valuable objects of the Cathedral Museum and Treasure. There are a few things to do at granada Cathedral for you visit.

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1. The Main Chapel

1. The Main Chapel

The main chapel stands out in particular due to its size and its amount of open space, with a diameter of 22 meters and an innovative arrangement in the form of broad circle, which meant being able to worship from many different parts of the building, while in the rest of medieval cathedrals there is an apse arrangement. A tabernacle dominates it, which was a gift from the duke of San Pedro de Galatino and the crown, a great vault representing the heavens, decorated with golden stars and resting upon a series of two-storey Corinthian columns. On these floors a series of arched panels are divided which separates the paintings below from the stained glass above, becoming an enormous and magnificent iconographic medium where we can admire scenes from the Life of the Virgen, of the Birth of Christ and the Passion of Christ. The main chapel also includes important sculptures such as the figures of the Apostles(also in gilded polychrome), the busts of Adam and Eve by Alonso Cano and the large figures of the Catholic Monarchs praying.It is a must thing to do at granada Cathedral.

2. The Building

2. The Building

From the outside, the tower is worth mentioning, which (though incomplete) is one of its main elements due to its large scale. It takes up the corner between the north and main façade and is organised into floors following the traditional order, that is to say, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. It has three sections successively done by Siloé, Madea and Vico. The Cathedral Museum today is located in the lower one. Its main entrance is especially important, work of the great Alonso Cano, designed as a great triumphant arch with three high arches and decorated with marble reliefs of a number of evangelist virgins and figures.Its main relief of the Encarnación(Incarnation) is the work of other local artists such as José Risueño. Inside, its main chapel is especially important even if the whole interior of the cathedral lets us appreciate the important and innovative contributions, especially by Siloé, which make the Cathedral such an important and significant building.Admiring the architecture is one of the best thing to do at granada Cathedral.

3.  The Cathedral Museum

3. The Cathedral Museum

On the ground floor of the cathedral, this museum created in 1929 is devoted to religious art, displaying a wide range of liturgical objects, ornaments, and gold work. Among its prominent pieces is a monstrance donated by Queen Isabella after the reconquest of granada from the Moors, and various works by the well-known granada sculptor Alonzo Cano (1601-67). If you'd like more Cano, across from the Cathedral is the Alonzo Cano Diocesan Museum, established in 2002, with more than 100 Cano works in its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions of others lent by other museums. Visiting the museum is the best thing to do at granada Cathedral..

granada Cathedral Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can buy tickets directly at the ticket office of the granada Cathedral. If you prefer to skip the line, especially during high season, you can purchase your tickets online. You will then get e-tickets which you should bring with you when you visit. The ticket price should not cost much.

How To Get Around?

You can get around granada Cathedral by walking. It is accessible on foot and by wheelchair.

What Should I Wear?

granada Cathedral is a religious site. Although there is no dress code to visit the church, but we recommend you to dress modestly (cover your shoulders and knees) when you visit.

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Best Time to Visit

granada Cathedral is worth visit at any time of the year. We recommend you to avoid high season since it could be overcrowded. Mornings are usually the best time to visit.



Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to visit granada Cathedral because you can find everything you need on this website. However, we recommend using a map or guidebook when you visit.

How To Get There?

By Bus: You can reach the Cathedral of granada using granada city buses, routes called LAC, C1, C2, SN1 and SN4. The bus stop is 'Gran Via 1'. By Car: You cannot access granada Cathedral by car because the city center is closed to private transport. By Taxi: You can also get to the Cathedral by Taxi, taxi are allowed to circulate in the city center.

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