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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William Towler (2 years ago)
Plenty of space, but a bit drafty. Could've been great but a major lack of air conditioning held it back from being what it could
Stevy Erdiana (3 years ago)
Awesome!!!
Carla Gomes (3 years ago)
Amazing!
Robert Quiroz (3 years ago)
Amazing religious landmark
ROSSMARY TOESCA V (3 years 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.
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