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Granada Cathedral

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.


Best Lodging Options Near Granada Cathedral

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Saray Hotel ¥5,540
Saray Hotel

Saray Hotel

P Enrique Tierno Galvan 4, Granada, Granada
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zaidin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Granada Exhibition and Conference Centre, Plaza Nueva, and Granada Cathedral. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Melia Granada Hotel ¥8,006
    Melia Granada Hotel

    Melia Granada Hotel

    Angel Ganivet 7, Granada, Granada
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 24 minutes by foot.

      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel ¥5,994
      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

      Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

      Acera del Darro, 62, Granada, Granada
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fuentes de las Batallas and Granada Cathedral. Alhambra and Plaza Nueva are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 26 minutes by foot.

        Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites ¥6,428
        Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites

        Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites

        Calle Gran Via de Colon, 25, Granada, Granada
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Gran Via de Colon and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          La Casa de la Trinidad Suites ¥5,993
          La Casa de la Trinidad Suites

          La Casa de la Trinidad Suites

          Calle Sillería, 1, Granada, Granada
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central District, this aparthotel is steps from Plaza de la Trinidad and Granada Cathedral. Plaza Nueva and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 15 minutes. Granada Station is 17 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Macià Plaza
            Hotel Macià Plaza

            Hotel Macià Plaza

            Plaza Nueva, 5, Granada, Granada
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Albaicín, this hotel is steps from Calle Elvira and Plaza Nueva. Granada Cathedral and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 10 minutes. Granada Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Elvira Suites Apartamentos ¥5,965
              Elvira Suites Apartamentos

              Elvira Suites Apartamentos

              Calle Elvira 61-63, Granada, Granada
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Albaicín, this historic apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Gran Via de Colon, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 17 minutes by foot.

                Sacromonte Hotel ¥3,591
                Sacromonte Hotel

                Sacromonte Hotel

                Plaza Lino 1 (Esquina c/ Alhóndiga), Granada, Granada
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Bib-Rambla, Granada Cathedral, and Plaza Nueva. Alhambra and Mirador de San Nicolas are also within 1 mi (2 km). Granada Station is 20 minutes by foot.