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Segovia Cathedral, an impressive gothic cathedral

Segovia Cathedral is one of the most important Gothic structures in Spain. Built when the Renaissance style prevailed throughout the country, this cathedral stands slender in the middle of the city. So that you visit it and discover all its charms, are you coming with us to meet it?

The construction of the Cathedral of Segovia

Segovia Cathedral has a unique construction period. Devoted to Our Lady of the Assumption and San Frutos, began to rise in the sixteenth century. This was a time when the Renaissance was already fully established in Spain thanks to the reign of Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany.

With the arrival of the new monarch, he decided to adopt a new architectural style as a sign of his power. So this temple It is one of the latest Gothic cathedrals in the Peninsula and in the rest of Europe.. And besides, it was not finished being built until the 18th century.

 

It is one of the best Gothic temples in Spain. And due to its importance, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 by UNESCO.

The temple

This beautiful cathedral is located in the Plaza Mayor of Segovia. It is very close to the Roman Aqueduct and the Alcázar. It has a Latin cross plan with three naves and side chapels.. Meanwhile, in the apse there is a beautiful dome crowned with pinnacles in a flowery Gothic style.

The head is closed by means of an ambulatory flanked by radial chapels: five of them have a pentagonal structure and two have a square plan. The author was the architect Juan Gil de Hontañón, who was later replaced by his son Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.

The entire temple stands out for its great slenderness. It has a height of 33 meters that stands out above the entire village of Segovia. A height that is accentuated by its impressive 88-meter-high tower. Access is through three monumental gates.

A) Yes, the door of Santa María or Perdón is the main. It is of amazing delicacy and simplicity and is flanked by two other smaller doors. It is crowned by an image of the Immaculate Conception that is due to Juan Guas. To access it, you have to enter a small atrium on whose wall we can find pinnacles and lions.

While, the gates of San Geroteo and San Frutos are located on both sides of the transept. In the first you can find the sculpture of the saint who was the first bishop of the diocese of Segovia. In the second, located on the north side, you will find San Frutos, the patron saint of the city and who is accompanied by his brothers, San Valentín and Santa Engracia.

The interior of the Cathedral of Segovia

Inside you will find a large number of lavishly decorated chapels with altarpieces, sculptures and paintings of all styles and the best artists of the moment. In addition, it has several exhibition chapels: the lower cloister room, the Santa Catalina room, the chapter house and the room dedicated to tapestries and liturgical ornaments.

The largest is the lower cloister room. It is a free space in the foundation of 405 m² in whose walls you can see works by Pedro Berruguete and Sanchez Coello along with others from Flemish workshops. The main work is Descent Triptych by Ambrosius Benson.

The visit to the cathedral

The visit to all the spaces of the cathedral can be done from Monday to Sunday at different hours. Thus, from November to March the hours are from 09:30 to 18:30. Meanwhile, from April to October it is from 09:00 to 21:30. The ticket offices close half an hour before.

It has several rates. Though on Sundays you can access it for free. Thus, between April and October you will not pay an entrance fee if you access the Cathedral of Segovia between 9:00 and 10:00. From November to March you can access for free between 9:30 and 10:30.

There is also the possibility of accessing the tower through a guided tour. Of course, it requires the payment of an entrance separate from the general entrance.

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