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Cathedral of Almeria, Almeria

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Despite attacks from pirates sailing from North Africa in the 16th and 17th centuries, Cathedral of Almeria still appears as if it was completed yesterday. In fact, even though the cathedral was built in the 16th century, the last bell wasn't added to the bell tower until 1805. The north facade of the church is an ornate example of 16th-century architecture, designed by Juan de Orea. Local marble and polished jasper accent the Gothic ceiling inside; this is complemented by carved stone and a walnut wood choir stall. The tomb of the cathedral's founder, Bishop Villalan, is located behind the altar; its detailed design is also the work of Juan de Orea. Put Cathedral of Almeria into our Almeria trip itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Almeria.
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  • The first thing you learn about the cathedral is that although it was built as a place of worship, it was also built as a fortress to protect the Christians from attack. The unusual flat roof had cann...  more »
  • The Cathedral is the architectural highlight of Almeria. The souring ceiling and the detail provide for a stirring experience. Painting from local masters over the ages give a sense of the Cathedral's...  more »
  • This a grandious and marvelous building with more than 500 years of history. The architecture is a mixture of late renaissance, barock and gothic. It tells an interesting tale of the Catholic church. ...  more »
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  • Beutiful peaceful and very good it says no cameras or videos but people were disrespectful taking pictures which annoyed me but well worth a visit
  • Nice architecture but the audio guide is just an enumeration and don't tell a story.
  • Old very peacefull still a house of worship
  • Huge building but not as exceptional as Sevilla, Grenada or Malaga.
  • Apart from the Alcazaba, the 'Cathedral' is the other principal monument in Almería. It was designed as a place of prayer and of war, when it was built in the sixteenth century. This was because the shores of Almería were continually under attack from Turks and Berbers and so it was designed as a place of refuge as well as worship. It was built in a Gothic style with a Renaissance facade. I am not a church-goer but I have visited this cathedral a number of times - the first was an interested architecture aficionado, the other times were to watch classical concerts that are held there, especially during Semana Santa (Easter).

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