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Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Plaza Juan XXII, 37001 Salamanca, Spain
923-21-74-76
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Ranked #5 of 51 Attractions in Salamanca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visiting this combination of Old / New Cathedral offers an extraordinary view of Spanish history. Well worth the visit.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Actually you need to enter the new cathedral in order to enter the old one and in other words the two cathedrals are on one ticket (which costs 4.75 euros). And visiting the old cathedral is jaw-dropping experience. Fantastic stroll through the chapels is unforgetable. You'll be amazed by the altarpiece, paintings at capilla de San Martin or colourful capilla... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The old cathedral is right next to the new cathedral and for a small admission price of 4 euros, one can visit them both. The "new" cathedral is about 300 years old, while the old and the even older one are about 500 and 800 years old. It is fantastic to see the old rooms where classes of the University... More

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

While you can certainly visit both Cathedrals as they are connected, the artwork and light (or lack thereof) was what I found most inspirational.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

You visit this cathedral when you visit the new cathedral because they are side by side. Entry is free, but make sure you get the audio guide for two euros. It is the best one I have used, telling stories about the people and events connected to the old cathedral and explaining its links to the university in Salamanca. It... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This wonderful old Cathedral needs to be visited first - although the entrance is in the New Cathedral. The frescoes, paintings and artifacts are historic and in this modern world, it is wonderful to think that this very hold historic building was not demolished when the New Cathedral was built. Both buildings (joined together) are a must see in Salamanca.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Another must visit when in Salamanca. Incorporate this into your travel agenda as to miss it would be a real shame.

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Ilchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Joined to the Catedral Nueva, this is a great attraction; well priced, well laid out and well attended to by helpful staff. The entrance fee includes an audio guide which gives very in depth (ok, perhaps too in depth at times) information about each area of the cathedral. Certainly worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

I did an audio tour of both the old and new cathedrals. I also went to see the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir sing against the backdrop of the tableau at the front of the Cathedral, amazing experience. Worth a visit.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Cathedrals and churches are many in Europe, including Spain. This one, however, is different. It's a 13th century piece of humongous art and place of worship. The architecture, the artworks and paintings inside take you back in time. It was strangely cold inside and we thought that there was air conditioning but we could not find any air-con ducts. The... More

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