La Seo is the magnificent cathedral with many architectures styles. Combined by Romanesque, Gothic, Mudéjar and Baroque architectural styles, make this cathedral has its own attraction. This cathedral is also housed the unique Tapestry Museum which is presenting the Flemish tapestry and religious ornaments for hundred years.
Admiring The Mixed Architecture Building at La Seo
1. The Architecture
It might be the first and the only one Cathedral that has more than one architectural style in the world. The first construction is began in 12th century by carrying out the Romansque style, then it is completed in 17th century with Baroque architectural style. Admiring the architectures of this Cathedral might be the first thing to do at La Seo. It has Romanesque, Gothic, Mudéjar and Baroque architectural style. These architectural styles take place on different part of the Cathedral. Romansque style can be seen on the exterior and the lower part of the semi-circular of the main building. Gothic style which is mixed with Mudéjar is on the upper part of the exterior. Mudéjar style takes place on the exterior wall of the Parish of San Miguel and its interior roof, coated by wood. The Cathedral's tower and gate are showing the Baroque architectural style.
2. The Chapels
You should not leave this Cathedral without seeing the chapels. It is a must thing to do at La Seo where you can see many chapels with many different style. This Cathedral has approximately 16 chapels on its left and right side. Getting into this place on foot, you can visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows on the right side which is built with Gothic style but has Baroque altar. While on the left side, you can visit Chapel of St Bernard which is the great artworks of Aragonese Renaissance. There are tombs of some archbishops such as Hernando de Aragon and Ana de Guerra. Most of the chapels are decorated with paintings, mosaics and sculptures.
3. The Choir
Visiting the choir is another thing to do at La Seo. The choir section of La Seo is formed by 117 oaken seats which are built by three monks named Gomar, Bernardo Giner and Mateo de Cambiay. It is covered by the bronze grating accented with sculptures of gilded wood by Juan Ramirez. This section also consists of the tombs of archbishop, Dalmau Mir.
4. The Organ
The organ is maintaning the rest of Gothic's organ in 1469 and the pipe comes from 15th to the 18th century. The today's organ is the result of the integration of the complex historical pieces of the instrument. The integration is done by Pedro Roqués between 1857 and 1859.
5. The Chapel Of Holy Christ
As it is the most important chapel, visiting this chapel is the best thing to do at La Seo. Lies behind the choir section, this chapel represents the crucified of Christ, Mater Dolorosa (Maria), and St John made by Arnau de Bruselas in the late of 16th century. All of the sculptures are below the canopy which is supported by Solomonic columns of black marble. The decoration is the work of Jerónimo Vallejo, Arnau de Bruselas and Juan Sanz de Tudelilla. They make most notable groups of sculpture from the Aragonese Renaissance. To the other side of this chapel, lies small chapels of St. Martha, St. Matthew, St. John the Baptist, and St. Thomas of Villanova.
6. Tapestry Museum
Since it has been opened to public, this cathedral is also a tapestry museum that displays the finest collection of tapestries of the world. Visiting this museum is a must thing to do at La Seo for those who are interesting in cultures. Tapestry museum is also considered as the unique museum in the world fro its 14th and 17th centuries tapestries. Flemish tapestries and religious ornaments that are hundreds of years old can be discovered in this museum.
How to Get Tickets?
La Seo tickets are very cheap. You can buy the ticket at the cathedral which is only €4 for Cathedral and Tapestry Museum entry and €3 for person under 18s and over 65. La Seo tickets can also be booked by phone.
How To Get Around?
The best things to do at La Seo to get around the surrounding area is walking. You can enjoy the wall and the apses with Mudejar architecture and visit the other buildings around the Cathedral square. After your visit, go to the other Zaragoza cathedral and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar which can be reached in 5 minutes walk.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
La Seo is opened daily. You can visit this Cathedral anytime you want. From Monday to Thursday, you can come between 10 am and 6.30 pm. On Saturday, it is opened at 10 am to 12 pm and it will open again after the mass. On Sunday, it can be visited at 10 am to 12.30 pm and 3 to 9.30 pm. If you want to see the sunshine pass the apses, the best thing to do at La Seo is coming at 10 am.
Will I Need a Guide?
La Seo is in the center of Zaragoza and it is easy to find. You can explore this cathedral on your own and do all things to do at La Seo.
How To Get There?
La Seo is located on the Plaza de la Seo in the center of Zaragoza. It is easy to reach by public transportation, taxi or drive. There are some closest station if you are using public transporation, D. Jaime/Plaza De La Seo and San Vicente Paul. These two stations can be reach by walking for 3 minutes. If you are planning to visit this cathedral by driving, the best thing to do at La Seo is using the nearby metered parking garages.
Smoking is not allowed in all enclosed public area, educational or training centres and playground area.