Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), Salamanca

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada3,752 contributions
Oct 2021
Its construction began in the 12th century, only completed in the 14th century. Its architecture is Romanesque. It was dedicated to Saint Mary of the See. In 53 tableaux in the altar are told stories of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The colourful frescoes in the Chapel of St Martin are particularly noteworthy. Don’t know if you can only tour the old cathedral but a tour that starts in the new cathedral exits in the old cathedral.
Written November 9, 2021
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HMVKent
West Malling, UK626 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral and extremely interesting to see how the original building (old) has been developed into the new. Audio guide available to add detail but also nice to just wander and gaze.

It is 6€ to enter the old and new cathedral
Take about 30-45 mins to wander, longer if you listen to the entire guide I would presume.

Also...
There is another entrance to the side where for 4€ you can climb the towers of the cathedral. If you are not too fussed about seeing the inside but want amazing views, take the route of climbing the towers as part of the route takes you through the upper part of the cathedral where you can see the interior splendour at a distance.
Written July 30, 2020
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amir safarpour
Shiraz, Iran71 contributions
Feb 2020
this big cathedral is really worth to see . specially you can pay 4 euro to go up the tall towers .

there are very narrow stairs ending to top of the tower which you can see place of big Ring bells and you can see the city from the top.

you can also walk on balconies of the cathedral which can be interesting experience.
Written March 1, 2020
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Carlos B
Lisbon, Portugal257 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
It is a master-piece of Spanish gothic architecture, a symbol of the Castilla force in Spain. Its interior needs a quiet and slow visit to see the beautifulness of this church.
Written December 29, 2015
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
As the voice on our audio guide said, “Thanks be to God that they did not destroy the old to build the new”. That would have been a tragic loss. They are in fact adjacent and your entry fee covers both the old and the new. It is amazing to think that something you are looking at and admiring is this beautiful and has lasted this many centuries. In California, my home, new is yesterday’s building and old would be 25 years. Time to bulldoze it and put up something different, popular and sometimes not so good. Then, repeat the cycle. Old is equated with being poor, New is wealth. This is a smaller space to explore and some seems to be under renovation, with portions closed and workmen occasionally appearing and power tools heard. All in all, worth the time and treasure you spend here.
Written September 28, 2019
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Matars_Z
Washington DC, DC547 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
I've seen way too many cathedrals in Europe to get truly excited over them, but this majestic cathedral, sitting within the larger New Cathedral, was such a surprise. Get the full audio guide and don't skip any rooms. There are so many details and stories which are fascinating, from the room in which the first 'thesis defenses' took place, to tombs fascinating in their adornment and evolution.... I found the wall paintings and faded frescos very moving, and so many small details and corners that could take months to discover.... if I lived in Salamanca I would go back again and again and would explore each corner of this place in detail. As cathedrals go, of course places like Hagia Sofia, or Sagrada Familiar or St. Basil's in Moscow are going to be far more interesting at first glance.... but in the 'classic' genre --I found this one as interesting as a Canterbury or St Maria Del Fiore in Florence - just that the names and characters are less known outside Spain. But the stories are just as good! Look for the cross El Cid carried about.... and try not to think of Charlton Heston!
Written January 15, 2016
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Vegabonds
Rotterdam, The Netherlands48 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Old Cathedral together with the new Cathedral make a great combination for a visit.
Every Tuesdays between 10 and 12 you can enter for free (saving 4 euro).
But, besides the size and the mosaics, what you must not miss is the walk on the roofs. Through the tower you gain access to several corridors that lead you on the top the cathedrals. The view is breathtaking and you can admire with the deepest reverence the work of carpenters and stonemasons who were able with basic tools to carve at such a height such an outstanding piece of art. Nobody in modern times would be able to build anything comparable (think just about the Sagrada Familia how long it is taking to finish).
Really, you just had time for 1 single sight view in the whole city, choose this one without thinking twice.
Written October 4, 2013
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Erica P
Adelaide, Australia474 contributions
Sep 2019
Wow! This Cathedral is amazing and to top it off, students were practicing their exam pieces on the organ when we were having a look around. There are, in fact, two organs inside the Cathedral and the organ playing really added to the ambience. There is a real feeling of wealth inside the Cathedral and on one side there is a separate space allocated for one family who used to hold their own family service inside the Cathedral. Truly amazing and vast space.
Written October 15, 2019
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Steve M
Merthyr Tydfil, UK285 contributions
Aug 2019
The site comprises the old and the new cathedral dating from the 12th century to the 15th century. Look for the astronaut on the front facade of the new cathedral. Apparently when renovations and repairs are done, what is added reflects the period in which the repairs wee done. Curious! There are many parts that are well worth seeing and an audio guide is available.
Written September 25, 2019
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bintal44
New York City, NY55 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
It was a very good experience .In fact this our second time . The church was so beautiful . If you like architecture and 20 th century painting. Its chapel has each own history of the saints and as well paintings.You could find one painting of Michael Angelo on San Antonio de Padua Chapel . My favorite was the Golden Chapel . The choirs room was still preserved and you could see the beautiful center altar .
Inside the Cathedral small area with collection of paintings and relics . It was a good place to see for history . Good experience to see not only looking at history books . Worth to see specially you are from Asia .
Written May 2, 2019
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