New Cathedral, Salamanca Catedral Nueva
A narrow street runs round the University buildings to the New Cathedral of Salamanca, the tower of which can be seen from the Patio de las Escuelas. Begun by Juan Gil de Hontañón in 1513, this imposing building was not completed until 1733, and thus shows a mingling of Late Gothic, Plateresque and Baroque features. Particularly rich are the Plateresque doorways, notably the triple west doorway and the north doorway (the Puerta de Ramos), which has a relief of Christ's entry into Jerusalem.
New Cathedral Map
Opening hours: 9:30am-1pm, 4pm-7:30pm
Entrance fee: Adult Free
New Cathedral Highlights
Cathedral - Tower
Cathedral - Interior
The richly furnished interior of the New Cathedral in Salamanca, 104m/341ft long by 48m/157ft across, achieves an effect of spaciousness and height (38m/125ft) in spite of the insertion of the choir, which has beautifully carved Baroque stalls and Baroque sculpture by Alberto de Churriguera. The chapels contain numerous works of art, including the tomb of St Ánchez de Palenzuela in the Capilla Dorada which he founded and the figure of the Virgen de la Cueva, patroness of Salamanca, in the Capilla del Mariscal. At the head of the ambulatory, in the Capilla del Cristo de las Batallas, is an 11th century crucifix said to have been presented by the Cid to his comrade in arms Jerónimo, later bishop of Salamanca. Other notable features are the Sacristy, decorated in Rococo style, and the Reliquary Chapel.
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