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“Expensive, but worth the visit”

Cathedral and Royal Chapel
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Granada: Royal Chapel and Cathedral Guided Tour
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Ranked #9 of 226 things to do in Granada
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A rich display of the fabulous treasures belonging to the Spanish monarchy, from the royal jewels to the ornate tombs of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.
Reviewed October 28, 2012

It is most unfortunate that it costs 4 euros to enter the cathedral (hint: if you are Catholic, just go to a mass) and another 4 euros to enter the Capilla Real. The cathedral is a nice example of baroque art, and it's bright interior is a nice contrast to the gothic cathedrals more common in Spain. It takes about half an hour to walk around and admire all of the altars. I did not opt for the audioguide, but in retrospect I'd probably recommend it. It's only two euros, and I imagine you'd get a lot more out of the visit.

The Capilla Real is the more interesting and unique of the two structures. An earlier building, it was built in the gothic style and houses the remains of the two Catholic monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand (as well as their daughter Juana and her husband Felipe), two of the most important figures in Spanish history. Their lead coffins are visible below the floor of the cathedral, and impressive sculptures of the two couples lying in state are positioned in front of the altar. Next to the chapel in a nice collection of art which also includes some of Isabel and Ferdinand's possessions. Allow another 30-45 minutes for the capilla real. Note that the entrance to the capilla is on the right side of the cathedral (if facing it from the front).

Bottom line: If pressed for time, skip the cathedral and go for the chapel.

Thank SawyerHicks
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

I have been traveling around Spain for about 2 months now, and this was by far...my favorite cathedral! It is just so different from all of the others and really was something special. It doesn't look like "just another cathedral". I highly recommend stopping in here. I believe the entrance fee was only 4e.

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

good for a big church but have been to many more interesting religious buildings. the best part was the large organs, the large doors and old book display. visitor numbers were low so access was good and proved excellent value for money

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Forget about The Cathedral, it is just an ugly bombastic renaissance piece of rubbish and waist of time. But The Capilla Real (different entrance) is the Best of Art in Granada !
In La Chapelle Royall in Paris you can not get away because of the overwhelming beauty of the stained glass windows and contemplative reflection of the fully Gothic Chapelle. No wonder that many concerts are registered here.
The Capilla Real in Grenada wears the same name and has almost the same contemplative atmosphere. The Capilla also is also merely fully Gothic with some Renaissance elements in it. The tombs of Isabelle and Ferdinand of Aragon in the Capilla are austere, authentic and beautiful. The Plateresque Gothic Capilla also aspires transcendence and austerity. But the most terrific supernatural impression make the paintings of Rogier van der Weijden of the birth and death of Christ, and the several paintings of Hans Memling especially the group of anxious astonished women weeping of the death of Christ. Also in the Capilla Real a music registration is made and for sale on CD, of Spanish Music from the time of Ferdinand and Isabelle, highly recommendable.

Thank Rick D
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

A very bright and great cathedral to visit. Extremely well kept and well organized visit. It is best to hire the audioguide which exists in several languages.

Thank Francoise1947
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