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Jaén Cathedral, Jaen

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Though construction of Jaén Cathedral began in 1249, most of what stands today is from the 16th century. It is the home of important religious relics, such as the Holy Face of the Veil of Veronica. It is said that Saint Veronica used this cloth to wipe the face of Christ, and his image then became imprinted upon it. Pick up an audio guide and admire the adorned interior of the cathedral. On the lower floor, experience an impressive collection of religious art from over the centuries. Put Jaén Cathedral into our Jaen itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Jaen.
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  • Well worth a visit. Inexpensive if you are 'jubilado' i.e. Retired as we are. The different chapels were beautiful and it was a pleasant surprise that we were able to climb to a good vantage point to ...  more »
  • This cathedral is a lesson in Spanish history having endured the Moors, Christians and even Napoleonic attentions in it's time. There are stories of regular modifications over the centuries but luckil...  more »
  • I only saw it from outside, because we were running late, but it's a very beautiful building and very impressive. Possibly the main attraction in jaen.  more »
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  • Nice and imponent! Inside beautiful!
  • Probably not well known as a cathedral. In fact nobody told us to stop by here, and we did as a pure coincidence. The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and it's built in Renaissance-style. Notable safe and caveaux in the basement with lots of ancient reliques. Cathedral is quite nice, in comparison to the one of Granada, I much prefer this one. Entrance is €5, which I hope they will be immediately reinvested into conservation considering the condition there cathedral verse (e.g. windows broken that let the rain in).
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  • €5 Really?
  • It is harmony, proportion, rhythm, beautiful and well decorated without being over your Ornamentals. Do not get tired one admiring it so much its interior as its facade. Unsurpassed ceilings in their carvings of geometric figures. Magnificent choir, modest chapels and especially sacristy and sala capitular excelsa. A jewel of the Spanish Renaissance and example of and so many Latin American cathedrals.
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