Catedral de Granada

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The hulking Granada Cathedral dominates the skyline when seen from the Alhambra.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

In the center of town sits the gigantic Granada Cathedral.  Unlike many of the other cathedrals in Spain, it wasn’t constructed until after the last Nasrid (Muslim) Dynasty surrendered to the Christian kingdoms in 1492.

In modern day Granada, it is somewhat awkwardly placed since it is difficult to get a straight on view of the front due to positioning of other buildings that overlap.  Out the front entrance is a rather diminutive plaza that hosts both many organized and impromptu gatherings – usually in the evening.

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My favorite part of the cathedral, however, is its single bell tower that is set to the left when looking at the entrance.  Apparently there were plans for an identical tower on the right, but for whatever reason was never constructed.  The single tower gives the cathedral an asymmetrical feel and is my beacon when I need to orient myself when down in the town’s center.

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The bell tower peaking out in the distance always lets you know where the town center is.
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Not a bad place to watch buskers.

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3 thoughts on “Catedral de Granada”

  1. I bet they never had the funds for that second bell tower. When looking at the history of these grand cathedrals, it’s amazing how piecemeal the construction process often is. And it took over 100 years for many of the great cathedrals to be completed. I guess the Catholic church didn’t have as many coffers full of gold back in the day to facilitate constructing these bad boys all at once.

    That, plus the construction technology wasn’t as quick as today. No huge cranes and motorized trucks to haul everything and long rebar and concrete pumping trucks. 🙂

    1. Yeah, you’re right. I’m sure finances had something to do with it. This particular building took nearly 200 years to build…I’m sure there was some ‘scope change’ over that span.

      Another interesting tidbit: The tower was actually supposed to also be much taller and “crowned” by an elaborate spire with a planned height of 81 meters. They ended up capping it at its current height of 57m.

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