Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
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  • sally j
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom1,862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Alter Piece
    We really enjoyed visiting the old cathedral, its a much prettier building than the new cathedral. You can feel the history inside. The highlight though has to be the main alter, it is so beautiful, and definitely worth spending time in this serene place
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • BrookeMorales
    London, United Kingdom1,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot to take in
    This stunning and very grand cathedral is located in the centre of the beautiful and vibrant city of Salamanca. There is much to see here, so take your time. Admire the many paintings, sculptures, and fine architecture. It is probably a good idea to take a guided tour as there is much to learn.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 8, 2023
  • AL_reviewer_2014
    Weymouth, United Kingdom158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    My ticket was €10 and included both cathedrals (old and new) and the Bishop's Palace. The cathedrals are obviously worth seeing. The audioguide was interesting, but you wouldn't miss out on much if you didn't fancy listening to it. It's free with entry. After the cathedrals, I went to the Bishop's Palace, which has a couple of floors of religious art. Not my thing, so I zoomed around. In the final room, there a dozen or so VR headsets. You sit down, select your language, and put the headset on. It takes you on a magnificent, if not frightening, tour of both cathedrals. It is incredible. If you don't like heights, don't do it. This would be the highlight for kids.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every city ought to have two!
    Salamanca is "blessed" with two major cathedrals. The Old Cathedral, which some deemed to be "too dark and too boring," was be demolished when construction of new cathedral began in the early 1500s. But it soon became clear that it would take decades for the new cathedral to be completed, so the old one was retained. Two centuries later, Salamanca finally had two cathedrals, standing side by side. Eventually, plans to tear down the old structure were dismissed and the two gems stand together to this day.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2024
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catedral Vieja de Salamanca
    The new and old cathedrals in Salamanca are side by side, and they share the cloister. One ticket gives you access to both cathedrals and to the cloister. Both cathedrals are part of the UNESCO heritage site "Old City of Salamanca". The construction of the old cathedral took place between the first third of the 12th century and the end of the 14th century. It is in Romanesque and Gothic style. Much smaller than the New Cathedral, it is however - according to me - much more striking, with its main altarpiece, chapels, tombs, chapterhouse and cloister.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 22, 2024
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The Old Cathedral (12 century — Romanesque ) is a church which is less glitzy than the New Cathedral. There are no gold laden chapels dripping with opulence. You see and feel the huge pillars supporting the ceilings typical of medieval structures. However, on my opinion, the main altar is more magnificent than in the New one - depicting scenes from the lives of Jesus and Mary — very impressive.
Written October 20, 2022
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AL_reviewer_2014
Weymouth, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
My ticket was €10 and included both cathedrals (old and new) and the Bishop's Palace. The cathedrals are obviously worth seeing. The audioguide was interesting, but you wouldn't miss out on much if you didn't fancy listening to it. It's free with entry. After the cathedrals, I went to the Bishop's Palace, which has a couple of floors of religious art. Not my thing, so I zoomed around. In the final room, there a dozen or so VR headsets. You sit down, select your language, and put the headset on. It takes you on a magnificent, if not frightening, tour of both cathedrals. It is incredible. If you don't like heights, don't do it. This would be the highlight for kids.
Written January 31, 2024
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The new and old cathedrals in Salamanca are side by side, and they share the cloister. One ticket gives you access to both cathedrals and to the cloister. Both cathedrals are part of the UNESCO heritage site "Old City of Salamanca".

The construction of the old cathedral took place between the first third of the 12th century and the end of the 14th century. It is in Romanesque and Gothic style.

Much smaller than the New Cathedral, it is however - according to me - much more striking, with its main altarpiece, chapels, tombs, chapterhouse and cloister.
Written May 22, 2024
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The entrance to the old cathedral is actually through the new one. Of course, there are other ways in but that is the flow for anyone touring through them. It was founded by Bishop Jerome of Périgord, in the 12th century and completed in in the 14th century in the Romanesque/Gothic style. Like the new cathedral next door it is well worth visiting.
Written July 4, 2022
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BrookeMorales
London, UK1,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This stunning and very grand cathedral is located in the centre of the beautiful and vibrant city of Salamanca.
There is much to see here, so take your time. Admire the many paintings, sculptures, and fine architecture. It is probably a good idea to take a guided tour as there is much to learn.
Written October 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Salamanca is "blessed" with two major cathedrals. The Old Cathedral, which some deemed to be "too dark and too boring," was be demolished when construction of new cathedral began in the early 1500s. But it soon became clear that it would take decades for the new cathedral to be completed, so the old one was retained. Two centuries later, Salamanca finally had two cathedrals, standing side by side. Eventually, plans to tear down the old structure were dismissed and the two gems stand together to this day.
Written May 22, 2024
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bill m
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This venue, like so many in Spain just simply has inadequate signage. It's easy to see the very large ("new") cathedral from anywhere near the old part of Salamanca, but "Where is the entrance?" to the old cathedral. Well, one must first buy the tickets and go through the new cathedral. However, if you're like us coming out of the Casa de Lis museum, you see what you think is the entrada to the cathedral, buy your tickets anticipating new, then old, but you quickly find yourself in this goofy ancient passageway that probably leads to a belltower somewhere. We asked the girls in the cathedral tienda for directions, and what we got was an expression that said "How many times a day do I have to tell these stupid Americans where to go?" "Los direcciones son derecha, derecha, and derecha!" Well, we followed them, found the right entrance, and asked if our tickets would work for this entrance, and were flatly told "NO!" This is a racket, and without ever having seen the Romanesque cathedral, I still feel like it wouldn't have been worth what was a completely avoidable hassle. Simple signage.
Written October 9, 2022
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sally j
Chelmsford, UK1,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting the old cathedral, its a much prettier building than the new cathedral. You can feel the history inside. The highlight though has to be the main alter, it is so beautiful, and definitely worth spending time in this serene place
Written September 30, 2023
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Carlos B
Lisbon, Portugal251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA2,291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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