Cádiz Cathedral

Cádiz, Spain

Cádiz Cathedral built between 1722 and 1838. The Plaza de la Catedral houses both the Cathedral and the Baroque Santiago church, built in 1635.

The church was known as 'The Cathedral of The Americas' because it was built with money from the trade between Spain and America. The 18th century was a golden age for Cádiz, and the other cathedral that the city had got, Santa Cruz, was very small for this new moment of Cádiz. The new cathedral was built from 1722 to 1838. The first person who designed the church was architect Vicente Acero, who had also built the Granada Cathedral. Acero left the project and was succeeded by several other architects. As a result, this largely baroque-style cathedral was built over a period of 116 years, and, due to this drawn-out period of construction, the cathedral underwent several major changes to its original design. Though the cathedral was originally intended to be a baroque edifice, it contains rococo elements, and was finally completed in the neoclassical style. Its chapels have many paintings and relics from the old cathedral and monasteries from throughout Spain.

In the crypt are buried the composer Manuel de Falla and the poet and playwright José María Pemán, both born in Cádiz.

Levante Tower, one of the towers of Cádiz Cathedral, is open to the public and shows panoramas of the city from on high.

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Founded: 1722-1838
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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hall 6263 (5 months ago)
Main cathedral of cadiz €7 entry gets you up the Tower inside the cathedral and a museum in a separate building, well worth the price. Its a ramp to the top of the tower with a few stairs at the top, the bells are active and ring every 15 miunites so be aware it's loud. Great 360 views from the top.
Kevin Newton (9 months ago)
It is a beautiful and peaceful place to wander around and take a break. I definitely recommend a visit. When in the crypt, if you stand in the centre of the dome and make the slightest noise, it will be echoed around for several seconds. Amazing accoustics.
Eva Strömberg (9 months ago)
So amazing to go in the Cathedral and very nice because I'm the same ticket you can go up to the tower and really do that .
Tom (9 months ago)
Obviously the outside is amazing. But it’s not possible to enter without paying. A lot of famous churches do this but make an exception for religious services etc. Here you always pay. Really bizarre for a church.
Senna Sp (10 months ago)
If you haven’t seen many cathedrals than you may like this one. It wasn’t that beautiful to me. You have a free audio guide through QR code on your phone. But the guide was mostly about the painting and the sculptures and to detailed. It took too long. You can also visit the tower with the same entrance ticket. From the tower you will have a view over Cadiz.
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