Tudela Cathedral

Tudela, Spain

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Tudela was originally a collegiate church. It became a cathedral with the creation of the Diocese of Tudela, which existed 1783-1851 and again 1889-1956. It is now a co-cathedral in the Archdiocese of Pamplona and Tudela.

Christians under Alfonso the Battler conquered Tudela in 1119. The city had been under Muslim control, although three religious communities were living there. In the aftermath of the conquest, Muslims were forced to live in a suburb outside the city walls. The city´s main mosque was handed over to the church. The site was designated for the construction of a church (prior to the mosque there had been a church there dedicated to Santa Maria la Blanca). Construction began on a collegiate church in 1168.

The architectural style initially used was Romanesque. Among the treasures of the church, are the three Romanesque portals with elaborate sculptural decoration. The North door is called the Portal de Santa Maria, while to the South is the Portal del Juicio (Portal of the Last Judgement).

The nave and chapels was rebuilt in Gothic-style. Construction lasted until the 13th-century.

The main chapel has a retablo (reredos) by 15th-century artists consisting of 18 panels of the Life of Jesus and Mary, and others depicting prophets and apostles. The sculpture of the Assumption of the Virgin (1606) is by Juan Bascardo.

The central choir was completed by Esteban de Obray in Gothic style. The organ was made in 1759 by Lucas de Tarazona of Lerín.



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Founded: 1168
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Teodora Gorski (2 years ago)
Nice cathedral with great small museum.
saintquaker (4 years ago)
Great atmosphere, and some very interesting chapels etc. Church of St Ann patron saint of Tudela.
Mike Lapenna (4 years ago)
Massive. Beautiful carvings around entrance. Looks like several buildings built in stages. Chose to just walk around outside. You could go in via the museum for a few euro.
Michael Cadwallader (4 years ago)
Okay place, I was expecting something more
Paola Pasquali (5 years ago)
Do not miss this cathedral. Tudela is a lovely town with a lively old downtown and a magnificent cathedral and cloister. Placed on the Saint James road (Camino de Santiago)
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