Catedral Nueva: The Cathedral of Cadiz
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Catedral Nueva: The Cathedral of Cadiz

Known in Spanish, Catedral Nueva means the “New Cathedral”, is popularly known as the Cathedral of Cadiz. It was built in the 18th century in the High Baroque style. Cadiz is located in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain.


Known in Spanish, Catedral Nueva means the “New Cathedral”, is popularly known as the Cathedral of Cadiz. It was built in the 18th century in the High Baroque style. Cadiz is located in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain.

The New Cathedral was started in around early 1716-1722. The architect was Vicente Acero, who also worked for five years on the Cathedral of Granada. After this architect, there were five more architects who worked on the building.

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Baroque Facade – Photo by Sean Munson

The cathedral took 116 years to complete so the mix of architectural styles is evident. Started out in Baroque mode, neoclassical style was incorporated towards the end of construction. There are works of sculpture from the old cathedral on the interior.

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Golden Dome - Photo by Sean Munson

The huge structure is decorated entirely in stone without gold anywhere to see, both inside and out. It is exceeded by glazed tiles of colored yellow-gold dome that contributes a Moorish feel to the cathedral. The roofing consists of barrel vaults and the transept has a semi-spherical dome. The graceful dome can be viewed at a closer look at the roof, including the fine view over Cadiz to the sea. The cathedral is geographically located on the coast of Atlantic Ocean.

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The Interior - Photo by Alan Grant

The ground floor plan is as the usual Latin cross. The front of the church has three elaborated portals and graceful towers. There are plenty windows that let in a lot of light. The vast of the material used in construction is limestone, with marble facing. Unfortunately one can see that there has been a lot of erosion on the ceiling and that the building needs a lot of restoration.

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Photo by Sean Munson

The sacristy and the towers were the last elements to be built in the 19th century. Particular highlights include the vaults of the high altar and the choir stalls, although the latter were not originally from the cathedral.

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Torre de Poniente

Since 2003, the Torre de Poniente tower has become a new tourist attraction in the city. The bell tower, whose construction began in Cadiz’s golden age in the 18th century, can be reached now via the ramp.

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Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral Museum houses to an impressive collection of religious treasures, paintings, sculptures and beautiful Baroque effigies. The museum has exhibitions of the city of Cadiz as well as religious paintings and sculptures.

There is also an atmospheric crypt where the tomb of Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) lies. He was a great composer, born in Cadiz, who won international recognition as a composer whose music was evocative of the magic of Andalucia and influenced by the traditional Andalusian cante jondo. One of his fine works is the “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.”


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Comments (9)

Thank you for a most interesting and educational composition.Well done.

Thanks a lot Roberta, your comment is highly appreciated.

very interesting, thanks

Dome buildings are very exotic and must have been amazing to build.

Thanks a lot Sue. Thanks Brenda, comments are highly appreciated.

Nice buildings exotic how I wush to be there :) thnx for sharing

Thanks a lot Jay.

That's what I'm talking about! True Spanish Baroque! Excellent work, Sir Ron.

Thanks a lot Michael.