Fodor's Expert Review Catedrals Vieja and Nueva

Salamanca Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

Nearest the river stands the Catedral Vieja (Old Cathedral), built in the late 12th century and one of the most riveting examples of the Spanish Romanesque. Because the dome of the crossing tower has strange, plumelike ribbing, it's known as the Torre del Gallo (Rooster's Tower). The much larger Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral) was built between 1513 and 1526 under the late-Gothic architect Juan Gil de Hontañón. The two cathedrals are part of the same complex, though they have different visiting hours, and you need to enter the new one to get to the Old Cathedral. Take a moment to marvel at the west facade, dazzling in its sculptural complexity.

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Pl. de Anaya and Calle Cardenal Pla y Deniel
Salamanca, Castille and León  37008, Spain


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Rate Includes: Catedral Nueva free, Catedral Vieja €5 (free Tues. 10–noon)

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