Museo Catedral Vieja, Cuenca

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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century, the old cathedral of Cuenca served for around 400 years as the city's principal place of worship, before being superceded by a new cathedral in 1975.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. Work out when and for how long to visit Museo Catedral Vieja and other Cuenca attractions using our handy Cuenca trip planner .
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  • The Museum, in fact, is the old cathedral that sits in front of the new. You pay a dollar to enter and enjoy beautiful paintings and objects from the old cathedral. In your interior it is still possible to visit a Museum of religious art, a coffee shop and atelier.
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  • I actually preferred the old cathedral to the new. The old could no longer accomodate the number of worshippers, and was turned into a museum. The old organ still works, and occasionally organ recital...  more »
  • Spend some time in the old Cathedral, it is worth it. Tremendous renovations and preservation. Take in a free symphony, you can't beat the atmosphere. Very clean, and free banos! What a surprise to fi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • More entertaining than the new one. Check the side rooms and go up!
  • Lots of amazing historical facts about the city and the cathedrals.
  • 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.
  • Totally worth visiting
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