Buen Pastor Cathedral, San Sebastian - Donostia

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The largest religious structure in San Sebastian, Buen Pastor Cathedral remains one of the country's finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture. Designed by architect Manuel de Echave and finished in 1897, the commanding sandstone building features a rectangular floor plan with three naves. In addition to ornamental gargoyles and pinnacles, the cathedral's notable decorative elements include large stained-glass windows with images of the 12 apostles. Its main tower rises to a height of 75 m (245 ft), and the church covers a total of 1,900 sq m (20,500 sq ft). Step inside to see the impressive organ; with over 9,500 pipes, it is one of the largest such instruments ever built in Europe. Put Buen Pastor Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Sebastian - Donostia vacation route planner.
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  • lovely place to visit in the heart of the shopping area. it is easy to find as you can see it from a distance. Mass is held in this church so you cannot visit at that time  more »
  • This Church is more breathtaking from the outside than the in, but all the same it is a lovely place to visit for some peace and quiet and contemplation. We liked it very much and I personally loved s...  more »
  • After the the often dark and highly decorated interiors of other Cathedrals this at first sight appears somewhat austere and barren but the vastness grows on you as you sit and take in the atmosphere.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful church, yes, but what made it for us was sitting out on the steps after we spent time inside. There musicians in the square and we sat our for quite a while just listening to music and relaxing.
  • Cozy, monument but still there is room for religiosity
  • Nice gothic revival building. The interior is fairly restrained, yet presents a 19th century venue to interact with your spirituality.
  • Great monument at the heart of the city. Great photo opportunities for the ones who like great cathedral monuments.
  • Very nice cathedral to visit. Entry is free.

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