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Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned, Gibraltar
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The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Gibraltar. It is the primary centre of Catholic worship in the Diocese of Gibraltar.History15th centuryThe original building of the current cathedral was built during the Spanish period. Just after the conquest of the city to the Moors, the main mosque was decreed to be stripped of its Islamic past and consecrated as the parish church (named Santa Maria la Coronada y San Bernardo). 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. The cathedral extended to the opposite side of what is now Main Street.18th to 20th centuriesThe church of St. Mary the Crowned was the only Catholic church or institution that was not ransacked by the troops that took over the city in 1704. It was successfully protected by its staunch pastor, Juan Romero, his curate, and his bell-ringer. Thus, it is the only place where Catholic worship has been taken place uninterruptedly from the definite Christian re-conquest of the town.
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  • Peaceful after busy Main Street outside.. Lovely little courtyard and a moving calvary by the door.. 
  • As often happens where the holy place of one religion is sited on the holy place of another religion, the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned was situated on the site of an earlier mosque, and converted ...  more »
  • Lovely historic church with masses daily. Loved the traditional statues, paintings and crucifix. Bell tolls daily. 
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  • Giblartarska Katedra z Polskim akcentem w wnętrzu, obrazem Matki Boskiej Częstochowskiej i tablicą upamiętniającą gen. W. Sikorskiego.
  • Nice
  • i liked the place it is very nice for the family.
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