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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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  • Located in the centre of the beautiful City of Guadix set in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This beautiful piece of Historical Architecture is worth seeing if you like imposing buildings. The Cathe...  more »
  • Beautiful Cathedral not as large as in other cities, but with an interesting visit. Moreover, what little you can visit in Guadix.
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  • Cost of 5 euros to go in but worth seeing. Large museum to go round first and the cathedral is very impressive. Tour handset explains as you go round which is very informative.  more »
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  • 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.
  • I absolutely recommend a visit, all the facades of the Cathedral are impressive as well as inside. I also recommend visiting the Cathedral Museum. It is not sufficient for a single day.
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  • Santa María de la Encarnación de Guadix, Baroque construction began in the 16TH century and ended in the middle of the 18TH century, deserves the penalty viitarla
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  • Guadix. Me. Love was born there. . precious...
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  • Visit a must if you're in Guadix. We were lucky to find a girl of the people who made us improvised Guide, detailing aspects of the Cathedral they don't teach you in the official tour.
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