Catedral De Cuenca
Catedral De Cuenca
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • ukcamel
    Solihull, United Kingdom727 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Wow. One of the biggest cathedrals to explore with such a history and range of architecture. The modern stained glass windows creat wonderful light patterns throughout the building. Great audio guide too
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • mrstraveller1
    York, United Kingdom2,112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Inside & Out
    Cathedrals are often the top visitor attraction in a city & I always have a mooch wherever I go, but often my memory of them meshes into one ‘samey’ cathedral fuzz. The features of the Catedral of Cuenca stood out. It grabs attention on arrival with its life size figurine depiction of the last supper & continues to thrill with its varied architecture. It’s a sizeable building with an array of ante rooms of differing styles. Another outstanding aspect is the way the stained glass windows bounce their shimmering, kaleidoscope reflections across the internal pillars. It’s worth paying the extra couple of € to enter the Triforium which enables you to climb a winding staircase for a stunning, elevated view over the main aspect of the cathedral. This also involves crossing a teeny outdoor terrace with vistas across Plaza Mayor. Additionally, don’t miss the door to the cloisters, which lead onto an external area with incredible views of the Parador & surrounds.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 February 2024
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia34,359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Gothic cathedral in Castile.
    Like the Sagrada Familia, Cuenca Cathedral is considered unfinished, although this does not prevent it, like its world-famous Barcelona counterpart, from receiving visitors. Like many things in Spain, the cathedral has an Arab foundation. However, it is invisible. It was built on the site of a mosque. The initiator of the construction was Alfonso VIII's wife Eleanor Plantagenet, daughter of King Henry II of England and sister of Richard the Lionheart. It was precisely because of Eleanor's Norman surroundings that the cathedral turned out not to be Romanesque in style like most of the then Castilian cathedrals, but Norman-Gothic. This is generally the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. The cathedral was built from 1196 to 1257. 63 years is quite a bit by medieval standards. Then the cathedral was rebuilt in the Baroque style. The irony of fate is that the Gothic facade that we see in front of us is the result of a secondary reconstruction from Baroque back to Gothic after the collapse at the beginning of the XX century...
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 March 2024
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you walk up from the river the cathedral is your reward, reputedly the first Gothic cathedral in Spain, construction starting in the late 12th c, after the area was recovered from the Moors. The basic admission charge is 5 euros. You will have no difficulty spending a half hour or more inside. The Sunken Chapel behind the altar was my favourite. Not a big fan of the more modern stained glass window. The cathedral is the core attraction in the Plaza Mayor. It is dedicated to Mary and St Julian of Cuenca, the city's patron saint. Look up for the Gothic ribbed vaulting.
Written 23 October 2021
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JosephineF999
Cartagena, Spain120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Whilst we have visited many Cathedrals in Spain, this one stands out. It might be perhaps be because the free audioguide was so good. It was not too detailed but covered everything clearly and brought the cathedral to life. I particularly liked the modern stained glass windows: and some of the side chapels were just stunning. Someone was practicing the organ whilst we were there, which added to our visit.
Written 11 September 2020
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permia
Ireland63,588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Dominating the grand Plaza Mayor, the façade is extraordinary. Elaborate stone carvings are special. Apparently there are plans to complete its renovation in time.

Begun in the late 1100s, the Cathedral was essentially complete about 60 years later. In the Gothic style, it also had vestiges of Romanesque, which was still prevalent in Iberia.

Inside is extraordinary, with one of the highlights being the ethereal light, ensuing from the stained glass and the ambient sunlight.

A ceiling in ribbed vaulting is impressive, particularly over such an expansive space. Art work is plentiful. Holy imagery in sculpture, painting and fresco tell salient Bible stories in vivid colours.

Another gorgeous feature is the beautiful choir. Beautiful carvings in dark wood are inspiring and must bring a special experience to the choral recitations and performances.
Written 22 March 2022
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Woodstock17
Manchester, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Right in the centre of the old town so very easy to get to on foot. Beautifully maintained. Many stain glass windows have been replaced with modern orange coloured windows which bring a real warmth into the cathedral. A vast cathedral with lots of chapels of interest around the inner perimeter. An English audio can be loaded on your smart phone by using the 'Q' code at the start. Worth doing as there is a lot of history and information provided. the wealth and opulence of the church is evident but it is stunning to see.We bought a ticket that allowed us to go on the upper outside walkway which provided great views of the city. It also gave us entrance to the cathedral treasure museum and another beautifully maintained pretty church. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 16 November 2020
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mrstraveller1
York, UK2,112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Cathedrals are often the top visitor attraction in a city & I always have a mooch wherever I go, but often my
memory of them meshes into one ‘samey’ cathedral fuzz. The features of the Catedral of Cuenca stood out. It grabs attention on arrival with its life size figurine depiction of the last supper & continues to thrill with its varied architecture. It’s a sizeable building with an array of ante rooms of differing styles.
Another outstanding aspect is the way the stained glass windows bounce their shimmering, kaleidoscope reflections across the internal pillars. It’s worth paying the extra couple of € to enter the Triforium which enables you to climb a winding staircase for a stunning, elevated view over the main aspect of the cathedral. This also involves crossing a teeny outdoor terrace with vistas across Plaza Mayor. Additionally, don’t miss the door to the cloisters, which lead onto an external area with incredible views of the Parador & surrounds.
Written 17 February 2024
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
By walking over the old bridge and continue your way, you automatically will arrive on the “Plaza Maior”, where you have on your right the Cathedral of Cuenca.
For the construction of the cathedral was the Norman influence at the court of King Alfonso VIII determined, it was the first Gothic cathedral in Castile along with that of Ávila. In a Gothic style linked to the masters of French Champagne, the works began in the year 1196 and were completed in the year 1257. However, like most religious buildings, it underwent transformations over time: in the 15th century the Gothic apse was rebuilt; the exterior of the cathedral was almost entirely renovated in the 16th century; and in the 17th century, the Sagrario chapel was built and the façade and towers were renovated in the Baroque style. In the 18th century the new high altar was built; and at the beginning of the 20th century, due to the collapse of 1902, the facade was rebuilt following the original Gothic style. On the moment of our visit we had to wait until the afternoon to visit the cathedral, this because there was an exercise of the fire- department tjis for in case they should have a fire like in Paris, but anyhow it was worth wile the time we had to wait, so we were able to see the fire-department doing his exercise.
Written 4 June 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Catedral de Cuenca is the main religious building located in the center of the old town of Cuenca, in the main square. It is a fantastic cathedral and very curious, because the main facade does not finished and really it seems unfinished. Inside the cathedral is really wonderful, chapels, the altar and a lot of fantastic columns. Also, you can visit a little museum of icons, go up to a high place and see wonderful views of the surroundings and the main nave of the cathedral. Really, the views of the Huécar River and his gorge are awesome. The best visit in Cuenca city! Top!
Written 6 July 2023
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ukcamel
Solihull, UK727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wow. One of the biggest cathedrals to explore with such a history and range of architecture. The modern stained glass windows creat wonderful light patterns throughout the building. Great audio guide too
Written 28 September 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Like the Sagrada Familia, Cuenca Cathedral is considered unfinished, although this does not prevent it, like its world-famous Barcelona counterpart, from receiving visitors. Like many things in Spain, the cathedral has an Arab foundation. However, it is invisible. It was built on the site of a mosque. The initiator of the construction was Alfonso VIII's wife Eleanor Plantagenet, daughter of King Henry II of England and sister of Richard the Lionheart. It was precisely because of Eleanor's Norman surroundings that the cathedral turned out not to be Romanesque in style like most of the then Castilian cathedrals, but Norman-Gothic. This is generally the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. The cathedral was built from 1196 to 1257. 63 years is quite a bit by medieval standards. Then the cathedral was rebuilt in the Baroque style. The irony of fate is that the Gothic facade that we see in front of us is the result of a secondary reconstruction from Baroque back to Gothic after the collapse at the beginning of the XX century...
Written 3 March 2024
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Toh Angel
Singapore, Singapore97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
After seeing the hanging houses & enchanted basin we walked pass the cathedral de Cuenca to take a photo shoot before walking back to our car park. Is a drag to be going for sightseeing in the rain at night. It will be better for us to visit Cuenca in a better weather conditions.
Written 21 January 2020
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