When we speak of the Cathedral of Salamanca we are referring specifically to two churches joined together. On one hand, there is the Old Cathedral dating from the 12th-13th centuries, and on the other, the New one from the 16th century.
The Old Cathedral is in the Romanesque style and the Gallo Tower is what stands out. Inside this temple, the construction of which began at the end of the 12th century, is the San Martín or Oil Chapel. The main reredos, which dates from the 15th century and was created by several painters with Dello Delli at the head, is also worthy of note. The mural painting which covers the vault is the work of Nicolás Florentino. In this great pictorial work it is possible to see the image of Christ at the Last Judgement. The Old Cathedral attracts the eye of the visitor due to the beautiful tombs of the bishops' and members of the nobility to be found inside. The New Cathedral, built in the 16th century and completed in the 18th century by Churriguera, houses the image of the Virgin of the Assumption, carved in 1626 by the sculptor Esteban Rueda The temple's Baroque retrochoir is very beautiful and contains Renaissance images such as that of The Virgin of Loreto and those of Saint John the Baptist.
Artistic period: Romanesque
Historic period: 12th century - 17th century
Setting: The University and The Clerecía building.
Plaza Anaya s/n
37008 Salamanca (Salamanca)
New Cathedral: 1 October to 31 March, daily, 9.00am-2.00pm and 4.00pm-6.00pm. 1 April to 30 September, daily 9.00am-8.00pm.
Old Cathedral: 1 October to 31 March, daily, 10.00am-12.30pm and 4.00pm-7.30pm. 1 April to 30 September, 10.00am-7.30pm.
New Cathedral: Free admission.
Old Cathedral, Cloister and Museum: General admission: €4.50 Reduced: €3.75 (groups, over 20 people, retired people and students) Free: Tuesdays, 10.00am-12.00midday.
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