Old Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca has two cathedrals to explore. The Old Cathedral of Salamanca is in the Romanesque style. Its construction began at the end of the 12th century. The plan was to cover both cathedrals and we were surprised that to get to the old cathedral we have to go through the new one. One is forced to pause at the entrance, so beautiful the façade is! The sights are for free till the entrance. After you step in you buy the tickets. From here we were guided to the Old Cathedral.

Interiors of Old Cathedral of Salamanca

Once inside, it is art work, art work, art work all around! Best part is audio guide is included in the price of tickets (which was 5euros approx.) and photography is permitted. Tourists were allowed tripods too, I saw a couple of photographers clicking away while I struggled with my hand held one for good still shots.  The places inside are numbered and you get the commentary as you walk on through the interiors. Though this is a much smaller one the art work on the walls kept me occupied for long. I did skip some portions. Hard to recollect what I heard on audio then.

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Mission Photography

It seemed to me like I was on a photography mission. The audio guide went on doling out interesting details and eyes kept hunting for those highlighted little details. There was so much to take pictures of and so less time. Now when I look through the pics I think I managed to frame the important sights. I have shared 15 of the pics here in thumbnail version… in large size the post seemed to go on and on.

The Old Cathedral of Salamanca has more tombs compared to the New Cathedral. This is more attractive to visitors because of the beautifully done up tombs of bishops’ and members of the nobility. The mural painting which covers the vault is the work of Nicolás Florentino. This great pictorial work has the image of Christ at the Last Judgment. Right over the main altar, is a stunning Byzantine style dome. The main altar has 53 scenes from the life of Christ and the life of the Virgin, painted by different artists including Dello Delli.

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Picture are of Main altar or High Altar, tombs of bishops and Byzantine style dome.

Open Timings:
From Oct 01 to Mar 31, Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00
From Apr 01 to Sep 30, Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 20:00

General: €4,75
Reduced: €4
Children: €3
Large families: €1,5
Disabled persons: Admission free

Old Cathedral of Salamanca

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37 Responses

  1. Sneh says:

    Nice informative post…

  2. Beautiful Cathedral! I like how you have presented this post – short yet you give us a nice overview of the place.

    1st to comment on your post – that’s near impossible given the number of comments you get! 🙂

  3. Arun says:

    Audio Guide being included in the price of tickets is a great thing!
    The cathedral looks awesome. Brilliant pictures!

    This idea of thumbnail version is also cool!

  4. Interesting Architecture, Indrani.. A good Post!

  5. Nice info with awesome picts

  6. Shrikant says:

    Hey nice pictures. Why dont you enable Carousel in Jetpack which will play nice slideshow of galleries in fullscreen when clicked on any picture.

  7. Mridula says:

    The pictures are impressive and the price structure also good!

  8. eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, great post and lovely photos of the Cathedral. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  9. Ruchira says:

    I am not surprised that you were on a photography mission. The Cathedral seems mesmerizing.

  10. Informative post.. great pictures 🙂

  11. Chandan says:

    Wow! wonderful pics..:)

  12. Such a beautiful cathedral 🙂

  13. Moon says:

    Gorgeous pics!

  14. Incredible craftsmanship, isn’t it?

  15. Salamanca is one of those places I missed during my most recent trip to Spain (but the poster advertising the city were everywhere). Glad the audio guide improved the experience.

  16. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so gorgeous!

  17. What a beautiful post, I do love the layout and the thumbnail photos.
    Wren x

  18. Jitaditya says:

    Lovely images… loved the shots of the interiors of the domes…

  19. aarti says:

    Oh wow, these are gorgeous!!

  20. Jyothi D'mello says:

    Such beautiful artwork. You have captured the the Cathedral very well in your post both with pics and information x

  21. ahhh beautiful… i lhave lots of photo’s like these too and my entry for today comes from a similar place …

  22. gillena says:

    some really nice ones

    Have a good Thursday

    much love…

  23. Great collection of photos! I love European churches – their architecture, the splendor and all the ornate details. We didn’t make it to Salamanca when we were in Spain. Glad the audio guides were helpful.

  24. thomas says:

    the whole cathedral is a true art piece

  25. The old and new both the cathedrals of Salamanca are beautiful. So nicely captured by you..!

  26. The Philippines has been colonized by Spaniards in almost 3 centuries. Spain gave unfathomable influence on our culture, Filipinos . One of which is Catholicism and its churches. That’s why I am dreaming of visiting architectural cathedral where all of our beliefs started. Hopefully soon, I get the chance to visit The Old Cathedral in Salamanca, Spain.

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