We visited Granada for the Alhambra and some top-class tapas, so we were truly surprised when we had a free afternoon to visit the Cathedral. Truly impressive and worth a visit!
The cathedral is in an attractive baroque style, large, airy and uncluttered (unlike Seville cathedral). The much older late gothic Capilla Real (which you have to enter and pay for separately) is also interesting. The highlight for us was Queen Isabel's personal collection of medieval Flemish paintings, along with some Spanish and Italian paintings that include Botticelli and Perugino.
The Royal Chapel contains the Mausoleum to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand who sponsored the voyages of Admiral Christopher Columbus. It is a site full of the glories of Imperial Catholic Spain. Some might find it a bit over the top but it was built at the height of Spanish power in the world. So it has to be viewed... More
I really wouldn't bother too much with the vast cathedral but next door (around the corner as they have sealed the interconnecting door) is the lovely Capilla Real. Yes there is a tomb with some coffins in and above these the carved images of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. They also celebrate Juana la loca (Joan the mad) but... More
Capilla Real is the ornate burial site of Isabella and Ferdinand, with some history of their reign and an impressive collection of art work and paintings significant to their reign. It is self guided, and provides a glimpse of the world they lived in.
The Royal Chapel is the star here... stand before the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabel, and think back to the history lessons of your youth. Cast your eyes upon Isabel's silver crown, and picture her preparing to send Christopher Columbus off to explore the new world.
Well worth the 4 euro entrance fee, the Royal Chapel is really stunning. There is also a collection of old masters as well as the church museum. Very easy to get to right in the middle of the city. The high alter is just amazing.
It costs 4 euros to enter here but well worth it. The Cathedral is amazing...with lots of interesting items on show in the museum.. the size and grandeur are wonderful. It's very light inside and full of gold... woth visiting if this is what you are interested in..
Don't know if it always the case but in November visits were free on Sundays. There was a fifteen minute wait to get into the Capilla because they limit the number of visitors allowed at one time. The Cathedral is HUGE - amazing to see.
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