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Catedral de Santa Maria

Catedral de Santa Maria Review

This 12th-century cathedral is the finest in the Pyrenees, and the sunlight casting the rich reds and blues of Santa Maria's southeastern rose window into the deep gloom of the transept is a moving sight. The 13th-century cloister is famous for the individually carved, often whimsical capitals on its 50 columns, crafted by the same Roussillon school of masons who carved the doorway on the church of Santa Maria in Ripoll. Don't miss the haunting, 11th-century chapel of Sant Miquel or the Diocesan Museum, which has a collection of striking medieval murals from various Pyrenean churches and a colorfully illuminated 10th-century Mozarabic manuscript of the monk Beatus de Liébana's commentary on the apocalypse.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pl. dels Oms, La Seu d'Urgell, 25700 | Map It
  • Phone: 973/353242
  • Cost: Cathedral, cloister, and museum €3
  • Hours: Nov.–Mar., daily 10–1; Apr.–mid-June and mid-Sept.–Oct., daily 10-1 and 4–6; mid-June–mid-Sept., daily 10-1 and 4–7
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  • Location: La Seu d'Urgell
Updated: 06-09-2014

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