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A half-hour ferry ride later and we were wandering around in old downtown Cadiz by about 11:30 AM on a Wednesday with Christmas Eve in the offing. The streets of the city were well decked out with garlands of various types as the locals joined us to take in these scenes of Cadiz. It was not long before we stumbled upon one of the city's most popular spots - the palm tree-lined San Juan de Dios Square with its many small shops and cafes. Located close by is the well-decorated private mansion of the Miranda family (2nd photo), known as their 'country house', and built in the Neo-Classical architectural style in 1795.
Sue really enjoyed seeing live Poinsettia trees growing in the downtown area (3rd photo) and our unplanned walking tour was great fun as we went through various ancient gates into narrow alleys that led who knew where. One thing about a city built on a spit of land is that it is quite difficult to get really lost! I liked that because I had already been lost enough times on this trip!
However, the Cádiz Cathedral was the building that stood out most in my mind. This hodge-podge of architectural styles occupies the site of an even older cathedral, completed in 1260 and subsequently destroyed by fire in 1596 when English forces briefly captured the city during a long period of hostilities between the two countries (the 1585-1604 Anglo?Spanish War that also featured the Spanish Armada attack on England in 1588). It took almost 200 years before construction began on today's cathedral and was it was not until 1892 that work was finally completed, more than three hundred years after the original was destroyed. One result of this long construction period is the mixture of architectural styles that found their way into the structure, varying from Baroque, to Rococo and Neo-Classical. With our short time-line, we were content to just wander around its exterior, viewing it from both the plaza on the city-side and while standing on the Atlantic Ocean sea wall (4th photo). Then it was a ferry ride back to our car and off to our next destination - Estepona.
Directions: In the heart of downtown Cadiz
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