Jaen Cathedral

Jaen Cathedral

Jaen Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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ESVincent
Hong Kong, China1,114 contributions
Sep 2021
Although you have to pay an entry price of 5 Euros it is worth it to appreciate the stunning architecture. The soaring columns create layers of light and space that are almost magical. Alongside the outer walls are decorated chapels and some stunning pictures. There are numerous small rooms that allow you to wander and it is almost as though someone has opened their house.

A delightful, majestic and stunning cathedral.
Written September 19, 2021
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal794 contributions
Mar 2020
The cathedral is a majestic renaissance building. Its architect, Andrés de Vandelvira, designed a very harmonious cathedral; the best perception of its harmony, it is when you go upstairs, and you look at the cathedral from the upper galleries. To visit the Cathedral, it is necessary to pay 6 euros, including the entry an audio guide. The texts are of high quality, but perhaps too technical, for those who do not master the technical vocabulary, referring to architectural elements. Enjoy!
Written March 19, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,957 contributions
Sep 2021
A very imposing impressive frontage facing Plaza Santa Maria and the town hall. A large cathedral with huge pillars, stunning arched ceiling and decorated dome. There are many side altars, some understated, others gold gilted carvings and excellent paintings. A wonderful building.
Written October 13, 2021
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Katia D
1 contribution
Oct 2021
I had been planning to visit the Cathedral of Jaén or 'la Santa Iglesia Catedral de la Asunción de la Virgen' for a while now, and I finally did it. And let me tell you something: it is a must! If you have the chance to visit it, you really must! It is not only beautiful from the outside, but also from the inside. From the outside it is an example of the Andalusian Renaissance. In addition, it is much bigger than I expected. It has huge beautiful pillars and decorated chapels that you could stare at for hours. The only "bad" thing I have to say is that it was under construction when I went, but you could barely see it (it was on the top of the cathedral). Overall, I really recommend it.
Written October 18, 2021
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We travel with Purpose
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I can say this is one of the best Cathedrals in the world, in the top 5 for sure. Imponent Renaissance style from the outside, when you step inside you find a beautiful place where you can breathe peace and holy. There is a small chapel on the left side of the building very beautiful but is not always open. The views from the top of the castle are breathtaking!! Must do if you travel to Spain!!
Written January 1, 2020
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
The Jaen Cathedral is called the Assumption of the Virgin Cathedral and was built on the site where the mosque stood. The city was conquered by Fernando II, the Holy, in 1246. The present Cathedral was built in the late 15th century and sits on Santa Maria Square. It was designed by the architect who was a genius, Andres de Vandelvira, who designed many other monuments in the province of Jaen. The style of the church is Renaissance. The facade was designed by Eufrasio Lopez de Rojas, who also built the towers. The facade is completely symmetrical, which adds to its beauty. The designer of the Sagrario was Ventura Rodriguez.

The facade looks like a Baroque altarpiece because of its many columns and sculptures. There is a sculpture of Fernando III, who was the conqueror of Jaen. He is shown with his sword and an imperial globe in his hands. There are other sculptures of the evangelists and the fathers of the church, all having been made by the sculptor Pedro Roldan.

The main altar of the church sits by itself, quite a ways from the main altarpiece at the end of the church. The chapels on the sides of the church (there are 17) are beautiful because they have columns that are painted in pastel colors, to simulate marble. The tops of the columns have beautiful gold Corinthian decorations. The choir stalls date from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The main chapel has the Gothic image of the Virgen de la Antigua and the relic of the Holy Face of the Veil of Veronica. This is supposed to be one of the three cloths that Saint Veronica used to wipe the face of Christ. Juan de Aranda decorated the main chapel in the 17th century.

In the Chapter House there is the beautiful Altarpiece of San Pedro de Osma, which was done by the artist Pedro Machuca. There is a beautiful sculpture of Our Father Jesus of Nazareth, El Abuelo (Grandfather) in the Chapel of San Ferdinand.

In the lower floor there is a huge space devoid of supporting columns, that contains the art collection of the church. This collection has many important paintings and sacred art sculptures, that are quite impressive. There are paintings by Jose de Ribera and Valdes Leal. Truly, this church is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain.
Written April 8, 2012
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BJ Dorani
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK124 contributions
May 2017 • Family
This cathedral is a lesson in Spanish history having endured the Moors, Christians and even Napoleonic attentions in it's time. There are stories of regular modifications over the centuries but luckily the cathedral still looks very pristine and in keeping with its age and stature. The architecture is outstanding, the domes, half barrel ceilings, pillars all take your breath away. Add a treasure trove of religious paintings, artefacts and memorabilia and it all add up to a memorable experience. Don't miss it.
Written May 17, 2017
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alicejuliet
Hastings, UK10 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
An amazing and imposing building in the most awe inspiring spot with views of mountains. Jaen is a beautiful town and very undiscovered by tourists. It's the real Andalucia and part of the real Spain. Just driving there is a joy.
Written August 24, 2015
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Pamela N
San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain51 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
The entrance to the catherdral cost 5 euros and included an audio guide which really helped to spot things you might other wise miss.
Written July 13, 2013
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Castelldefels
Castelldefels, Spain314 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
I was amazed to see all possible corners inside, and even climb the stairs to see both the views (beautiful hills full of olives surrounding Jaen) and the church from above. Usually you are not allowed to wander around secret passages and private rooms but here you can do it so don't miss it!
Written January 5, 2013
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