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Museo Catedral Vieja, Cuenca

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Religious Site
Appreciate a well-maintained collection of religious art at Museo Catedral Vieja. Constructed in the 16th century, the old cathedral of Cuenca served for around 400 years as the city's principal place of worship, before being superceded by a new cathedral in 1975. Extensive renovations transformed the cathedral into a museum, which today displays paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of religious significance. Look for the large wooden model that depicts the new cathedral in impressive detail. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museo Catedral Vieja and many more Cuenca attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cuenca travel itinerary planner.
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  • A great place to go and soak in the atmosphere. A time to sit in the church and just contemplate and a lovely cafe for a drink. A must to see in Cuenca  more »
  • Located aside the “Plaza Grande” and in front of the new Cathedral. It is the old cathedral turned into a museum. The museum was set at the church respecting its original structure. You can apreciate ...  more »
  • Beautiful architecture, some explanation of items are also in English. Highly recommend that you visit.  more »
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  • More entertaining than the new one. Check the side rooms and go up!
  • Very interesting museum representing catholic's beliefs. I was lucky enough to see the orchestra rehearsing on that day. There's a coffee and souvenirs shop inside it.
  • Lots of amazing historical facts about the city and the cathedrals.
  • Totally worth visiting
  • This is the New Cathedral (official name: Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción). Its towers are truncated due to a calculation error of the architect. If they had been raised to their planned height, the foundation of this church to the Immaculate Conception, would not have been able to bear the weight. In spite of the architect's immense mistake, the New Cathedral of Cuenca is a monumental work of faith that began to be built in 1880. It is in Neo-Gothic style, and its blue and white domes have become a symbol for the city. Its facade is made of alabaster and local marble, while the floor is covered with pink marble, brought from Carrara (Italy). When the Cathedral was first constructed 9,000 out of Cuenca's 10,000 inhabitants could fit in the building.