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Cathedral of Almeria

Almeria, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 7 activities in Almeria
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Cathedral of Almeria The Cathedral was designed by the famous architect Diego de Siloe and it was built between 1524 and 1562. The church was... more »
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Carlsbad, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
104 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The cathedral, built in 1524-1526 with it's castle-like towers, has resemblance to a fortress for defense. The raiders were North African pirates. They would often raid the city to capture it's citizens for sale as slaves. The cathedral was not only a religious sanctuary but also a defense fortification protecting people from invasion. The interior is modest, yet quite ornate.... More

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We drove around Almeria for ages, carefully following the signs up and down one way streets but with no luck finding the cathedral. We eventually parked down near the port and tried on foot. We arrived at the Cathedral square to find a rockabilly band playing but the Cathedral was closed for the afternoon. Very disappointed!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I would echo the views of reviewers below. I love the building itself, kept in pristine condition, inside it is a sight to behold, the choir is amazing! However, yes there are bigger and better. What makes this so frustrating is that a wonderful cultural icon of the city is not used to promote it and what it has to... More

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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63 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you have travelled through Europe and have seen some of the more interesting cathedrals then my advice unless you are really into holy places then give this a miss. If not go and enjoy this quite lovely building.

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Deventer (NL)
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23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Not the most spectacular cathedral I've seen but it is a nice visit and cool during the summer. It is still in use for masses.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Cathedral is an interesting building that looks like a castle because they used it for protection from Berber pirates. We did not go inside because it was 5 euros each and we thought that was a little high.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

One of the more attractive buildings in Almeria - a combination of Renaissance and gothic style. The cathedral is at the heart of the old part of the city and was begun in 1524 to replace a predecessor wrecked by the earthquake in 1522.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

It is a large fort like cathedral with a stunning ornamental entrance made from a beautiful local sandstone..Inside it is large but plain..The courtyard with its palms and nice surrounding buildings make for a great atmosphere

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

If you like churches go to some of the others in the town which are much better and free. This on charges a 5Euro "donation" per person and frankly is not worth the money.

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Bacau, Romania
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Cathedral of Almeria is in the ''ancient city'', part of Almeria, 5 minutes walking to Alcazaba or harbor. The cathedral is impressive and worth to visit. Is not always open to visitors. In front there is a nice plaza with seats from where you can admire it. As well you can have a drink to a bar placed in the... More

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