Plan your visit to the Zamora Cathedral: Description, main characteristics, schedules, ticket prices, cultural events, activities, map.
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Zamora Cathedral is the oldest and smallest of the eleven that there are in Castilla y Leon. It was built on the remains of a small basilica dedicated to El Salvador. The works began in 1151 and ended in 1174, the speed with which they were made provoked that its Romanesque style was more unified than in other temples.
For this reason, it is one of the finest examples of Spanish Romanesque, although some reform after its construction has introduced some element of another style.
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The Zamora Cathedral is one of the most important models of Spanish Romanesque architecture
The Zamora Cathedral was built in twenty-three years, from 1151 to 1174. Although it is not excluded that after the year 1174 some finials and decoration works were made.
In the fourteenth century were performed some reforms in Gothic style as the Funerary Chapels. In the sixteenth century there were several reforms such as the Apses were replaced by header Gothic. In the seventeenth century was reformed the Cloister due to a fire which was in 1591, also was added the Portico of Septentrión in style Herreriano.
Main features of the Zamora Cathedral
|Onset of the Construction||1151|
|Anonymous author foreigner and figure of the first order, probably brought by Bishop French Bernardo.También Fruchel teacher intervened|
|Purpose||Catholic worship, dedicated to Salvador.|
|Remodeling||1204, 1512, 1591, 1758, 1926 y 2001.|
|Interesting Facts||Because of the speed of its construction it was given a rare style unit at the time. The dome stands out there is on cimborrio with Byzantine influences.|
|Address||Plaza de la Catedral, s/n 49001 Zamora (Zamora).|
The Zamora Cathedral was declared a National Monument in 1889. It has a plant of Latin Cross with three naves and with a header Gothic. On its cruiser, is lifted the most symbolic element of the cathedral, the cimborio with 16 windows and a cupola coated of stone flakes. It also highlights the Door of Bishop, which is the only one that is preserved entirely since its construction. Likewise, it also highlights its northern Door made in 1592.
In the Cathedral of Zamora also it highlights the Savior Tower that was built in the thirteenth century, after the completion of the temple, respecting the Romanesque style.The tower is a defensive bulwark that in the past came to have battlements, where noted for its monumental and compact appearance with its 45 meters high. It also highlights the cloister renovated in the seventeenth century by a fire in 1591, from which you can access Museum Catedralicio.
Inside the cathedral stand out the altarpieces and especially the major altarpiece.This is the fourth major altarpiece that has had the cathedral, and was made of marble, jasper and bronze and in neoclassical style designed by Ventura Rodriguez. The trellises of the main chapel and the choir are one of the most extraordinary sets from the first renaissance. Also stand the chapels surrounding the Romanesque building, and the choir with its ashlar in walnut wood from the early sixteenth century.
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The Zamora Cathedral can be visited from Monday to Sunday in summer time from 10.00 to 14.00 in the morning and from 17.00 to 20.00 h. in the afternoons, and in winter time from 10.00 to 14.00. in the morning and from 16.30 to 19.00 h. in the evenings.
Price of the entrance 4€
(2€ the reduced, and the combined entrance to the cathedral and the diocesan museum are: 6 € general and € 3.50 reduced)
Coordenadas: 41.49968, -5.7545
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