La Seu Vella, the medieval heart of Lleida

The Seu Vella Monumental Complex is made up of the Lleida Cathedral and other buildings, which is one of the essential visits in the city.

Lleida is its name in Spanish, but in Catalan it is known as Lleida. One of the four capitals of Catalonia and one of the most attractive to know calmly. A medieval past that is present in its streets and buildings, a real spectacle for the visitor. we are going to teach you the most important monument of Lleida, the Seu Vellaso you know what to visit when you approach it.

La Seu Vella

This is, without a doubt, the area that should not be missed in Lleida. East Monumental Ensemble is also known as the Lleida Castle and it is made up of the cathedral, built in height and that allows total control of the city. Its construction began in 1203, but it was not completed until 1423, when the last stone was placed in the bell tower.

In the place where today is the Seu Vella An Arab mosque was built and was used as the base of this building, although there are no remains of it. Inside you can see the work of the different artisan workshops who worked on the site over the two centuries, with Tuscan, Toulouse and Provençal influence. You can also see the original painting from the Gothic era.

In addition, the Queen’s Bulwark and the Bulwark language of serp (serpent tongue) allow to have a amazing view of the cityso it is an essential visit that must be made to get to know this beautiful Catalan city.

the canonja

Access to Seu Vella is by the canonja, that is, the buildings where the canons who were part of the Cathedral chapter lived. There are several buildings that were built from the 12th century to the 16th century and the successive reforms have recovered the primitive church of Santa Maria la Antigua, several of the chapels, the Pia Almoïna, the chapter house, the Archive, the Decanía or the Vault House.


In addition to the access through the door of the canonja there are other doors that can be used to reach the Monumental Complex. Are the Gate of the Annunciation, 13th century; the Door of the “Fillols, from the 13th-14th centuries; that of Saint Berenguer, 12th century; that of the Apostlesdating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and las three doors of the cloisterdated to the 13th century.

Lleida Seu Vella Gothic Arch

the cloister

The cloister dates from the 14th century and has a rectangular floor plan. The ships that form it offer five sections with pointed vaults and large windows. It is an open cloister, so it offers unbeatable views.

the bell tower

The bell tower has seven bells, two of them built in the Gothic style in the 15th century. Their names are Sylvester Y Monica. The first touches the hours, while the second handles the quarters. The other five are more modern, from the middle of the 20th century and are used to announce liturgies. Is about Barbara, Purisima, Crist, Marieta Y Meuca.

The castle of the King-La Suda

In the Castle of La Suda either King’s castle the birth of the Kingdom of Aragon, the loyalty of the Aragonese and Catalans to the infante Jaime, who was later known as James I the Conqueror and has been the last refuge of the Caliph of Córdoba. It is located in the highest part of the Seu Vella hill, in the Roca Soberana.

There is evidence of this castle since 832, and since 2011 it has housed the La Suda Interpretation Center. It is located in the real room of the building, where there are various information panels and an audiovisual which is projected onto a screen and the wall. The viewpoint of the castle allows access for disabled people, thanks to an elevator installed at the base.

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