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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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was never mentioned in the info we had, there are some Knights buried here, and overall the Cathedral is worth it. The entry fee is I thought a bit steep at 4.75 Euro per person, but it was worth seeing even at that price. Beware the beggars outside, I watched them for a while and they continually emptied their... More

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Toronto
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7 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The cathedrals are really worth it. The quality of the handcraft is very impressive. You need a bit more than 1 hr.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you are in the city for a short time this is one of the sites that you should not miss. While I did not think that it was as impressive as the cathedral in Segovia, it is definitely way up on the list of impressive cathedrals in Europe.

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Lisbon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Luckily the Old Cathedral has not been destroyed for the new one to be built - which is the most common situation. This resulted in two buildings of different times and architectonic styles that co-exist in perfect harmony in spite of the inherent differences. The magnificently painted altar of the Old Cathedral (dating from 1445) is breathtaking and the whole... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

loved the architecture and the feel of the cathedral. you enter through the new but can also visit the old which is adjoined. The old cathedral has some magnificent wall tombs in a tucked away corner which were very colourful and simply stunning. Also a beautiful gilded altar. The new cathedral is equally as nice and well worth a visit... More

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Sacramento, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The old Basilica is a must to visit while you are in Salamanca.We were fortunate to miss big crowds in May.

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

When you see the old cathedral, you understand immediately why the new one was built. The old one was out of fashion and perhaps just too small. But the old cathedral still has its "mana'. Notice the still-painted statues, the sarcophagi in their niches, with strange, exotic animals supporting them, and the ancient, richly-frescoed Chapel of Saint Martin, with Our... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

Spend a little time here just looking at the exterior architecture and the details will surprise you. This was probably my favorite landmark of my trip to Spain, it's fascinating.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We toured the old and new cathedrals. Fascinating. The audio guide could have been more concise. It is cold inside even during the summer so being a sweater. Beautiful ancient carvings and paintings. You can go upstairs for great views but we were covering a lot of territory so did not.

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What we didn't know before we visited Salamanca was that the two Cathedrals are entwined! The old cathedral was kept whilst the new one was built inside/alongside it! Fascinating. When you leave the cathedral give yourself a little task - find the astronaut! There is the figure of an astronaut in the archway - you leave the cathedral, turn right... More

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