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What appears to be the city's main cathedral is actually two cathedrals, the Catedral Vieja and the Catedral Nueva (Old and New Cathedrals). The Old Cathedral dates to the 12th century and is the more interesting of the two on the interior. The Romanesque exterior has withstood the centuries and inside you'll find a magnificent high altar (see my travelogue) that has 53 carved scenes by Nicolas Florentino (completed in the mid 1400s).

The New Cathedral is much larger and dates to the 16th century. Believe it or not, it was badly damaged in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and some renovations took place then. The main entrance is the north facade, but be sure to see the even more spectacular west facade. If you can catch it in the late afternoon light of a sunny day, it will dazzle in the light. The interior is quite impressive too with an amazing wooden choir and a bright interior which is largely illuminated by the window in the top of the main dome.

Address: Plaza Juan XXII

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2006
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