Granada Cathedral

The Granada Cathedral is quite simply one of Spain's finest architectural achievements. Built between the years of 1521 and 1714, it masterfully blends the Gothic style with the Renaissance style, and serves as a complement are the main facade's Baroque accents. Many Granada tourists have this attraction high on their list of attractions to see.

La Catedral de Granada, as it is known in Spanish, stands right in the heart of Granada and can be found just off Calle de San Jeronimo and Calle Gran Via de Colon. Helping to make it stand out is the immaculate facade, which was primarily designed by Diego de Siloe. This renowned Spanish architect of the Renaissance era is credited with designing some of the world's most beautiful cathedrals, the likes of which can be found in Spain, Mexico, and Peru. As far as the Granada Cathedral is concerned, Siloe took over as chief architect in 1529 and is responsible for the church's main highlight, which is the circular Capilla Mayor. Among other things, this rotunda features artwork by Alonso Cano and beautiful stained glass from the 1500s.

A variety of side chapels contribute to the overall beauty of La Catedral de Granada, as do paintings that were created by such masterful artists as El Greco and Jose Ribera. Also of specific interest is the Royal Chapel, which is just behind the cathedral and is entered separately. The mausoleums of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella are found inside the Royal Chapel, as are the tombs of their daughter, Joanna the Mad, and her husband, who was known as Philip the Handsome. Joanna the Mad and Philip the Handsome, on the other hand, were the parents of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Coincidentally, Charles V had the Palace of Charles V built in Granada Spain. This palace is among the main structures of the famed Alhambra complex.

La Catedral de Granada accepts visitors on a daily basis. The visiting hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on most days. In the summer, the evening hours change to 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a fee to enter the amazing edifice, though it is more than reasonable, and a similar fee applies for the adjacent chapel, which certainly deserves a look as well while in town.

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