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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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  • This is on Main Street and you need to be inside to see a the wonderful glass windows at the back of the Church. It is a lovely peaceful environment but will get busy in high season. We managed to vis...  more »
  • I love my Cathedral. It is so beautiful. It is a pity to see tourists just go in out without a thought of Who it is they are visiting! If you were to visit the Queen there are certain protocols you wo...  more »
  • Right in the centre so you are bound to walk past it. As such it is well worth going inside. An oasis of calm on the very hectic Main St. 
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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.
  • wow
  • Se já estiver por perto vale a visita. Pequena mas agradável.