Buen Pastor Cathedral, San Sebastian - Donostia

(3.9/5 based on 340 reviews on the web)
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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  • It is most of all the churches of San Sebastian with a 75 m-high tower stone that was built was brought of monte Igueldo, neoclassical style. Opened by en1897. In 1953, it became the Cathedral. Visible from almost all of the city. around there are luxury shops, bookstores and bars pintxos
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  • This neo-Gothic Temple, the largest in the city, stands out with its 75 meters high tower and is located in the center of it, and as we approached reminded me of the Gothic cathedrals of Central Europe and in fact its architect was inspired by the Cathedral of Cologne. It struck me that Monte Igueldo sandstone was used in its construction. Inside they impress their thick and tall columns joined by warheads, its golden altar crowned by a beautiful stained glass window to match the rest of stained-glass windows that surround it, giving light to the interior. The body is worthy of admiration for its size, the largest in Spain and one of the largest in Europe.
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  • Must-see when you do tourism in San Sebastian. Surprising Cathedral by the fact that it is quite dark but it is very interesting.
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  • 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.
  • A central landmark situated in a nice plaza in Donostia with lots of shops and cafes.
  • A beautiful church just be aware that they do hold siesta and so when I where there to show my girlfriend it was closed.
  • Very nice cathedral to visit. Entry is free.