Old Cathedral of Salamanca

Salamanca, Spain

The Old Cathedral is one of two cathedrals in Salamanca. It was founded by Bishop Jerome of Périgord, in the 12th century and completed in Romanesque/Gothic style in the 14th century. It is dedicated to Santa Maria de la Sede.

The apse houses a large cycle of 53 tableaux, 12 of which by the 15th-century Italian artist Dello Delli, depicting the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. A fresco of the Final Judgement is over them.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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ROSSMARY TOESCA V (14 months ago)
El acceso a ésta Catedral es obligatorio pasar por la Nueva, debes pagar un bajo costo y también puedes anexar un audioguía. Ahí y desde la Capilla de San Lorenzo ingresas a la Catedral vieja. Es hermosa con un retablo fabuloso, unas pinturas que dan fe de su antigüedad, está muy bien conservada. Sus exteriores imperdible, observar cada milímetro de su decorado, una maravilla.
Cris Barbeito (15 months ago)
Me encanto si podes ir con un guía. Teneis en la plaza mayor en información y turismo en donde se forman grupos y sale muy bien de precio. La ruta es de dos a tres horas y es muy amena
360 Vision (15 months ago)
A catedral velha fica na continuação da Catedral Nova, apenas separada por uma porta na Capela. No entanto, quando cruzar a porta vai sentir-se num outro espaço, mais sóbrio e em estilo românico. De linhas rectas e fortes, ganha em carácter ao que perde em exuberância.
Thomas Ozbun (2 years ago)
I preferred this older cathedral to the newer one, at least in terms of the artistic value. The apse with the main altar has some beautifully painted panels. Furthermore the various medieval frescoes remaining here and there are very nice. The chapels around the cloister had some beautiful medieval tombs, especially the one in the Capilla de los Anaya. I followed the whole tour with the audioguide plus several stops to admire the art well, which took in total (with the New Cathedral) nearly 2 hours.
krista pupp (2 years ago)
Loved it better than the gothic one next to it
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