Holidays in Granada Cathedral

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A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, this cathedral is known for its stunning chapels, art collection and as the resting place of a revered queen.

Granada Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Walk under the magnificent dome and admire the statues, paintings and chapels before visiting the crypt where two of Spain’s best-loved monarchs lay at eternal rest.

The cathedral was built under the orders of Queen Isabella after the Conquest of Granada, the military campaign that ended 800 years of Muslim rule. Construction started in the early 16th century on the site of Granada’s main mosque and was completed 181 years later.

One of the first things you’ll notice inside the cathedral is just how bright it is. This is because the stonework has been rendered in brilliant white. Take the time to truly appreciate the intricate design of the cathedral’s dome with its large frescoes and stained-glass windows. View the many paintings above altars and inside the various chapels.

Connected to the cathedral is the Royal Chapel that contains the remains of Isabella and her husband Ferdinand. They were given the title, “The Catholic Monarchs,” by Pope Alexander VI, in recognition of their efforts to defend the faith. Before you go in, look at the beautiful carvings on the Gothic doorway.

Once inside, examine the queen’s personal art collection of works by Spanish, Italian and Flemish artists. Inside a glass case you’ll see Ferdinand’s sword and Isabella’s crown and scepter. Venture quietly into the crypt that holds the royal couple’s tombs.

Step through the carved stone archway to the cathedral’s museum where a treasure trove of sculptures, tapestries, jewelry and vestments awaits. The museum is also home to many significant religious paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Granada Cathedral is situated in the center of the city close to several bus routes. You cannot get near to the building by car as some roads are closed to private vehicles, although taxis can use them. The cathedral is open daily and there is an admission charge.

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Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
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The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is steps away from Calle Elvira and Granada Cathedral. Calle Gran Via de Colon and Isabel la Catolica Plaza are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (855 reviews)
"This place is clean, staff is super friendly and very helpful. we enjoyed our stay there. Location is perfect, it's walking distance to places of interest."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

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NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas and Granada Cathedral. Granada City Council and Fuentes de las Batallas are ...
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"Excellent location and property conditions"

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Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carrera del Darro and Granada Cathedral. Palacio de Los Olvidados Museum and La Concepcion ...
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"Beautiful hotel but could use a few modern conveniences. :)"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

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Barceló Granada Congress
Barceló Granada Congress
5 out of 5
The price is AU$98 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Barceló Granada Congress
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Hotel Anacapri
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Hotel Alhambra Palace
Hotel Alhambra Palace
5 out of 5
Arquitecto Garcia De Paredes 1, Granada, Granada
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Eurostars Catedral Hotel
Eurostars Catedral Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Carcel Baja 11-13, Granada
The price is AU$160 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Eurostars Catedral Hotel
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
Gran Via De Colon 31, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$316 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Catalonia Granada Hotel
Catalonia Granada Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida de Madrid 10, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$121 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Catalonia Granada Hotel
Marquis Hotels Issabel's
Marquis Hotels Issabel's
4 out of 5
The price is AU$137 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Marquis Hotels Issabel's
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