Granada Cathedral
Granada Cathedral
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
About
It was commissioned by Queen Isabella on the site of the Main Mosque, which later on became the Santa María de la O Church. It was designed by Enrique Egas but was modified according the Renaissance style of Diego de Siloé. The construction works started at the beginning of the 16th century. It turned out to be a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece, praised by writers and historians. Its exterior structure is Gothic. The main facade was designed by Alonso Cano. The inside of the church is Renaissance on a Gothic floor plan, with chapels at the sides and a main chapel, a masterpiece by Siloé. The Cathedral treasure is kept in what used to be the Chapter Room. Today it holds ornaments and priceless treasures.
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  • BharathiMani
    Bengaluru, India3,160 contributions
    Quite impressive
    This is quite a beautiful cathedral but if you are visiting Malaga or Seville you could give this one a miss. The entry is €5. I personally have a bit of a hard time paying to get into religious places. There is a rest room as well which is clean
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Mike N
    Gibraltar82 contributions
    A must visit whilst in Granada
    Stunning. €5 well worth it. Can download the audio guide in various different languages onto your smartphone for free which brought the visit to life. We’re not particularly into religious history or architecture, however, we still had a most enjoyable 45 mins wandering around.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,380 contributions
    Stunning Cathedral inside
    For me this is the most beautiful cathedral I’ve ever seen on the inside – I've seen many to date. White marble everywhere, contrasted by the checkered floor and the gold trim all over the organ, altar and area. A cavernous feel to this one with a lot of very intricate craftsmanship all over. Absolutely worth the time to visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • JacquiO51
    Puerto Rico23 contributions
    Granad Cathedral
    A great surprise beautiful cathedral . The columns rise to heaven and the interior is light and bright . A mustsee the tomb of Isabel and Ferdando the catholic monarcks . Also with them Juana their daughter and the mother os Carlos I and V . And all the riches of this great Cathedral
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    Impressive cathedral
    This Renaissance-style cathedral was built by Queen Isabella after the conquest of Granada. The first stone was laid in 1523 on the site of the ancient mosque. The cathedral was completed in 1561. Of the two towers planned, only one was built. This Roman Catholic church has impressive facades. The interior is also stunning with a grand altar and several chapels. The Cathedral of Granada is the 4th largest Cathedral in the world.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 31 March 2023
  • RamblinRoes
    Media, Pennsylvania220 contributions
    Lovely and calm
    This is a lovely Cathedral and well worth a visit. It is a separate ticket from the treasury but both are worthwhile and just around the corner from one another. Be mindful of ladies outside of the gates trying to sell bunches of herbs etc but it's really no big deal. The neighborhood surrounding the cathedral is also interesting and well worth a good stroll.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 April 2023
  • DamTom
    Copenhagen, Denmark223 contributions
    One of the best cathedrals
    Amazing cathedral and unbelievable constructions. One of the largest cathedrals in spain and it is well worth a visit. I recommend downloading the tour app, which will give you that just extra info. 1-2 hours is suitable. Take the royal chapel tour afterwards.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Sally62
    Northampton, United Kingdom5,221 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Built by the Catholic monarchs in the 16th century, the cathedral is massive and is built of the site of the Great Mosque. It is whitewashed inside and has few windows so it feels cold both figuratively and in reality. Lots of huge paintings and an interesting treasury. Not expensive to visit and entry is included in the Granada card if you have one.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 16 August 2023
  • TIGGERCastellNedd
    38 contributions
    Amazing organ
    Visit cathedral before the Basilica. The organ here is amazing as is the alter and the surrounding chapels. The rest of the cathedral although grand in stature is quite grey which the Basilica isn’t. They are in walking distance to each other.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington565 contributions
    Special place of worship
    Another wonderful cathedral to visit when you visit Granada. There was a nominal fee to get in and wander around. You can download the audio guide which was very informative. What surprised me the most was the size of the pillars which were enormous. Would just take it all in leisurely as you enjoy the solitude of being in an incredible cathedral. Would definitely return in the future. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
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The Netherlands3,51,941 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
During our recent stay in Torremolinos in january 2024, we made an excursion to Granada via our dutch tour operator (via a touring bus with local guides). Before visiting Fort Alhambra in the afternoon, we stopped in Granada for a few hours. We were glad we went inside this huge cathedral to have a good look. There was free wifi as well. It was definitely worth the 5 euros per person entrance fee. Recommended✌✌✌✌✌
Written 31 January 2024
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carmit_2016
53 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice to see if you have spare time. Have to pay about €6 to get in.

The architecture was nice but nothing expectacular. Monasterio Cartuja is a better place to visit and more worth it.
Written 29 January 2024
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK641 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The €5 entrance fee is well worth it (‘free’ if you have the Granada Card, but this is quite expensive). There is always a queue but I wouldn’t pre-book tickets as this does not allow you to skip the line. Note that, on Saturdays, the cathedral may be closed for weddings. If you are not big on art, you can whizz round in about 45 minutes. To fully appreciate its architecture and treasures, I would go with a guide and allow up to 1½ hours. Photography is allowed. After your visit, head around the corner to see the Royal Chapel (entrance on Oficios Street). The nearby Plaza de Bib-Rambla has a good selection of tapas bars and is a popular lunch stop for locals and tourists.

Built over 181 years, the architecture is an interesting blend of late Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Due to cost pressures, the tower is half its intended 80 metre height and its twin was never built. The interior is vast. Instead of the traditional Latin cross layout, there is a semi-circular apse with a colonnaded ambulatory wrapping around the totally visible main altar, which sits below two circular galleries crammed with masterpieces, two tiers of stained-glass windows, and a 30-metre-high blue dome decorated with golden stars. The Cathedral’s Museum (on the left as you enter) houses the usual selection of church treasures, along with some amazing Baroque polychromed wood sculptures, including Virgin and Child plus a bust of Saint Paul (both by Alonso Cano); a charming figure of the young St John the Baptist with a lamb (possibly also by Cano); and an incredibly realistic but gory head of St John the Baptist on a platter. Don’t miss the separate Sacristy, with Cano’s sculpture of the Immaculate Conception; a wooden carving of Jesus on the Cross by the García brothers; and four stylistically different paintings of the Virgin (one possibly by Leonardo da Vinci, although it is in a sorry state). Another ‘Must See) is the magnificent Vessel of the Corpus Christi (located half-way along the left-hand section of the ambulatory, on the opposite side to the chapels). The uppermost gilded part of the was donated by Queen Isabella in 1501, whilst the intricate silver plinth was funded by Granada’s the citizens in the 20th century. Many of the 13 peripheral chapels are full of exceptional sculptures and paintings. Along the right-hand side of the main church, you can see the original (now closed off) door to the Royal Chapel).
Written 28 January 2024
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Leslie Stuart
London, UK255 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Absolute worth visit this building. Amazing architecture both outside and inside. Majestic walls and
incredible atmosphere
Written 21 January 2024
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,006 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Free to enter, the baroque style cathedral is worth a short visit. The ceiling is quite nice and space inside the church is also interesting. Cathedral is next to the royal chapel which houses tombs, coffins and very old religious artwork!
Written 8 January 2024
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VanessaCacciaguerra
Dublin, Ireland148 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
You can find the audio guide app for free in the Android Play Store, both for adults and kids.
I honestly found it a bit boring, with irrelevant information focusing on the religious side of the icons - while I would love to hear more about political and historical aspects.
The children's audioguide however, made my 8 years-old boy both educational and entertaining, capturing my son's attention throughout our visit!
Written 30 December 2023
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Another wonderful cathedral to visit when you visit Granada. There was a nominal fee to get in and wander around. You can download the audio guide which was very informative. What surprised me the most was the size of the pillars which were enormous. Would just take it all in leisurely as you enjoy the solitude of being in an incredible cathedral. Would definitely return in the future. Enjoy.
Written 9 November 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,978 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is an imposing cathedral as befitting the city. Impressive entrance steps leading to a vast interior with much gold leaf lining. This should not be missed on your trip to Granada.
Written 8 November 2023
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,835 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
It s stunning
High
Huge
Big proportion
Full of symbols
You have to pay the entrance fee that give you access to the app with audio guid on your phone
Nice feeling
Written 11 October 2023
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,685 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
On just the "main floor" of the Cathedral (with no tower to go up & no basement to go down) for not too long a visit, it was still quite an impressive sight I would say of the circular-shaped altar not just to see from the front but also through the openings among the walls around the altar (a "fairly awesome" view of golden statues a little above to the colorful stained-glass windows all the way above); and not too plentiful but each pretty great to look at are these mini-chapels with "gold-glittered shrines" along the lengths of the Cathedral (each chapel like a small enclosure but there's also actually one "pretty sizeable" chapel room decorated with paintings & such on its walls at just a little apart from the Cathedral's main floor); and also adding beauty to the Cathedral's interior are these "beautiful pillars" all around the main floor (for sure interior pillars a common feature of many cathedrals but the ones in this cathedral being quite "stand-out ones" in my opinion).

And yes, definitely should not be missed while visiting this cathedral is the adjacent "royal chapel" (not to be confused with the chapel beside the cathedral floor as mentioned above) with the two side-by-side tombs of King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella "fairly sizeable" with also a few steps to go down to the area below and where on the tops of the tombs are statues of the king & the queen in like their "sleeping poses" (also to be seen their "standing statues" in the chapel).

Located at like an "old-town part" of the city (with some small gates in the vicinity of this cathedral building to have to go through to get to the main street behind the Cathedral and outside that part of the city), also pretty great along with the cathedral visit is "souvenir shopping" in the many shops on the narrow streets around the Cathedral.

Written 24 September 2023
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