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The most beautiful cathedrals in Spain

Spain is home to a total of 88 cathedrals distributed throughout its entire geography. The normal thing is that the construction of each cathedral lasted for centuries, so their different architectural styles can be present in each of the cathedrals, depending on the times in which they were built.

We are going to name some of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain, some of them being a World Heritage Site.

Cathedral of Santiago of Compostela

Its construction began in the year 1075, being in 1738 when Fernando de Casas demolished the old façade and started the current one. This cathedral is considered the most outstanding work of Romanesque art in Spain, being the goal of all the Caminos de Santiago, taking pilgrims to the tomb of the apostle.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Burgos cathedral

Being the third cathedral in Spain in terms of dimensions, it is outstanding for being the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. This cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. It houses a large repertoire of works of art inside and its covers, inspired by the Gothic art of French temples, make its impressive appearance very unique.

As a curiosity, it should be noted that the remains of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known historically as El Cid Campeador, as well as those of his wife Doña Jimena, were deposited in this temple.

Burgos cathedral

Leon Cathedral

In this cathedral, the classic Gothic style with a French imprint predominates, as in the Burgos cathedral. In this case, the spectacular nature of its stained glass windows gives it a fabulous exterior and interior appearance.

Stained glass windows Cathedral of Leon
Leon Cathedral

Cathedral of Sevilla

It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, with dimensions of 116 meters long by 76 meters wide, and a height of 40 meters. Inside are the remains of Christopher Columbus.

Cathedral of Sevilla

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

Popularly known as “the Mosque of Córdoba”, this impressive architectural ensemble is also the cathedral of the Caliphal city. Inside you can admire Andalusian architecture, with Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

Cathedral-Basilica of Zaragoza

One of the jewels of Spanish architecture is the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It began to be built at the end of the 17th century with enormous towers and domes, and it was in 1718 when these naves were finished and the main altarpiece and the choir from previous temples were placed.

Zaragoza Cathedral

Spanish cathedrals

Of course, the list of impressive Spanish cathedrals such as the cathedrals of Cuenca, Toledo, Granada, Palma de Mallorca, Segovia, Salamanca, Plasencia or Barcelona among others, are cathedrals that you should not miss either. The beauty that takes us back centuries will not leave indifferent any traveler who wishes to admire its spectacular nature through the ages.

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