Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

The original building of the current cathedral in Gibraltar was built during the Spanish period. Just after the reconquest of the city to the Moors, the main mosque was decreed to be stripped of its Islamic past and consecrated as the parish church. However, under the rule of the Catholic Monarchs, the old building was demolished and a new church was erected, in Gothic style. The cathedral's small courtyard is the remnant of the larger Moorish court of the mosque. The Catholic Monarchs' coat of arms was placed in the courtyard where it can still be seen today.

Due to the building being severely damaged during the 1779–1783 Great Siege, in 1790 the then Governor of Gibraltar Sir Robert Boyd offered to rebuild the cathedral. The reconstruction took place in 1810 and the opportunity was also taken to widen Main Street. The clock tower was added in 1820 and in 1931 restoration work was carried out on the cathedral and the current west façade erected to replace the poorer one built in 1810.

Until the 19th century, anyone who died in Gibraltar had the right to be buried under the cathedral floor. Bishops are buried in a crypt beneath the statue of Our Lady of Europe.

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Founded: 1810
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Martin Lack (11 months ago)
Visit in the afternoon to see it at its best.
Minnie Max (11 months ago)
Such a peaceful place to spend quiet moments w God. A place of solace and comfort in the heart of town.
Ray Serna (12 months ago)
This was an awesome place to visit. A must see
Gerry Rose (2 years ago)
A beautiful place of peace our lady of Europe bless Europe and reconvert her
Maria Bartlett (2 years ago)
The architecture in this Cathedral is superb. It's beautiful and it creates a sense of wonderful inner peace. It's where I got married 50 years ago!
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