Guadix Cathedral, Guadix

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The Guadix Cathedral, Cathedral of Guadix, or Cathedral of the Incarnation is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Guadix, province of Granada, Spain. Construction of the building began in the 16th century and was completed in the mid-18th century. It is in the Baroque style.Location and historical contextGuadix is believed to be one of the oldest diocesan seats in Spain; tradition has it that the diocese was founded by Saint Torquatus of Acci in the first century A.D. The cathedral sits on the site of an earlier Hispano-Visigothic church extant in the 10th century, and which functioned during the Islamic period as a mosque.During the Reconquista, Guadix was captured by the Christian forces in 1489, and the Hispano-Visigothic church was reestablished as the seat of a bishopric. It was given the name of the Church of Saint Mary of the Incarnation (Iglesia de Santa María de la Encarnación), was made a cathedral by a bull of Pope Innocent VIII, and was somewhat expanded under the direction of Pedro de Morales.Plans were made to replace the old church with a Gothic cathedral as a symbol of the Reconquista, but by the time construction began, that style was already considered antiquated. Cardinal Ávalos and others wanted a cathedral more in accord with the style of the times. Diego de Siloé was commissioned in 1549 to develop a design reflecting the influence of the cathedrals of Málaga and Granada. The apse, part of the crossing, the chapel of Don Tadeo and parte part of the sacristy were completed according to Siloé's plan.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The Cathedral is beautiful both externally than internally - a copy of the Pietà of Michel Angel is exposed
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  • August 11, 2017
    very nice place to visit, very quiet village, the Cathedral continues to be impressive and very nice visit
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  • August 9, 2017
    It is worth to see it both for its architecture and sculptures that therein. It is also interesting to visit the Museum of the Cathedral.
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  • Art-filled and a jewel!
  • Guadix is a town in the province of Granada that occupies part of an elevated plateau among the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. When I visited the town I thought it a rather quirky sort of place. I had driven there from Almería and as I approached the town it appeared to be set amidst a lunar landscape. The town centre is conventional enough. The Cathedral with its Baroque tower looked impressive from the outside but inside I felt that it was rather dark and gloomy. It stands in the Plaza de Constitución and this area of the town, the Barrio de Santiago, has many fine buildings.
  • Very nice. Well maintained and the size of this place is impressive. Little tourists and therefore everything can be seen well
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  • Existed first a Visigothic and, on this temple, the mosque at el-hama was built. Three stages in its construction can be distinguished: a Gothic, during which begins the construction of the present Cathedral, which extends to 1547. A Renaissance, embarked on its expansion, and a third stage, Baroque, which starts at the beginning of the 18th in which are erected facades, roofs, the altar, the choir and pulpits.
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  • A nice and small town with an impressive cathedral. Very interesting Museum.
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