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“Beautiful Cathedral”

La Seo del Salvador
Ranked #5 of 165 things to do in Zaragoza
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2012

La Seo Cathedral is located in the Plaza de la Seo, and is impressive, huge, with everything inside with a white color. The church was built in 1316 and the style is Gothic-Mudejar. The exterior still shows the brick and the glazed tiles used in the Mudejar design. Many of Aragon’s kings were crowned here and there are many kings and queens that are buried in this church. The Unesco in 2001 declared the church as a World Heritage site. The site of the church used to have a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, and later a Muslim mosque.

The church has three naves with a transept, cloister, and a semicircular apse. The ceiling of the church is a ribbed vault. There is an octagonal dome that has the Mudejar design. There are additions in Baroque and Plateresque styles. The high altarpiece is in gold and is carved in alabaster and was done by the German Renaissance sculptors Hans Piet of Swabia and Pere Johan, and this is really impressive.

There is a splendid Chapel of San Miguel that is called "la parroquieta". This chapel has a Mudejar coffered ceiling and the chapel has the tomb of the Archbishop Lope Fernandez de Luna. Another chapel is the Chapel of San Valero, which has the skull of St. Valero, the patron saint of the city. There is a tower with a bulb-shaped spire, and this was built in the Baroque style. The facade of the church is Neoclassical. The cathedral has an extensive collection of religious art and there is also a very good Tapestry Museum, with tapestries that have maintained their bright colors.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The cathedral being beside el Pilar could be overlooked but do so at your peril. it houses many outstanding tapestries.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Be sure to see the north outside wall of this building, an outstanding example of Mudejar art and architecture.
The interior includes a museum of medeival tapestries.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

An interesting church to visit but not as spectacular as the Basilica. At all costs visit the tapestry museum which is attached and for which you get a ticket included. that alone is worth the visit.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

La Seo is a seemingly smaller, elegant cathedral next to the Nuestra Senora del Pilar. What makes this cathedral a really outstanding sight is that the inside part is composed of some 20 smaller chapels, each one belonging to different period and possessing its own style and mood. The brilliant diversity of these tiny cells of adoration really makes one consider the scale of the idea capable of making artistic wonders such as La Seo possible. 

Tip: Be sure to look upwards as often as you can — each of the chapels has its own, very distinct, and very impressive ceiling / dome and you wouldn't want to miss any of those.

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