Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca [Salamanca, Spain]

Salamanca, Spain (60) - Dome and towers of Catedral Nueva, as seen from the rooftop

Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca

Opposite the Palacio de Anaya, across the beautiful Plaza de Anaya stand the two cathedrals of Salamanca: Catedral Nueva de Salamanca and Catedral Vieja de Salamanca silhouetted against the cloudless sky.

Long range shot of Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral), taken from plaza in front of Convento de San Esteban (San Esteban Convent), Salamanca, Spain, Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca

The New Cathedral, on which construction began in the late 15th century and continued for two centuries, is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Notable features include the Puerta de Ramos the ornately decorated former royal entrance, the plateresque organ built in 1568 and the stunning Chapel of Saint Roque, Chapel of the Viel and the Golden Chapel.

The nave of Catedral Nueva, taken from the upper balcony - Salamanca, Spain (67), Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca

The Old Cathedral, which must be accessed through the New Cathedral, was completed in the 14th century in the Romanesque style. The dome of the Old Cathedral is commonly referred to “Torre del Gallo” (Cockerel Tower) due to the prominent weather vane on top.

Dome and towers of Catedral Nueva, as seen from the rooftop - Salamanca, Spain (60), Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca

Make sure you don’t miss the chance to climb the cathedral’s medieval towers. The IERONIMUS exhibition gives you the opportunity to walk around the battlements and upper balconies of the New Cathedral as well as offering gorgeous views across the city. Entrance is obtained via the Tower Gate on Plaza Juan XXIII.

Ramparts covering the rooftop of Catedral Vieja - Salamanca, Spain (66), Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca

Gallery (click to enlarge)

Practical information

Websites: catedralsalamanca.org, ieronimus.es
Opening Times: New Cathedral: Apr – Sept: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Oct – Mar: Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sun: Closed, Old Cathedral: Apr – Sept: 10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. Oct – Mar: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., 4 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sun: Closed, IERONIMUS exhibition: Jan – Feb: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mar – Dec: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
PriceNew CathedralFreeOld Cathedral: Standard Ticket: 4. 75 €, Pensioners & Students: 4 € Tues: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Free, IERONIMUS exhibition: 3.75 €

written by: Jon

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