Santa Cruz Cathedral
At the beginning of the 18th century, Cadiz steps in an era of economic prosperity. The city is growing intensively, and the old cathedral suffered from fire back in the 16th century, ceases to meet the requirements of citizens. The project of the new Cathedral on the site of the old was given to the development of Vicente ASEERO, established himself on the projects of the Councils in Granada and Guadix.
In 1739, construction began Cathedral in Cadis, which continued exactly one hundred years. During this time, six architects had a hand in the construction of the cathedral, several of architectural styles have made their adjustments to the appearance of the new building. Attentive viewers will be able to notice in the architecture of the Cathedral of baroque elements, Rococo and Neoclassicism.
Central facade cathedral formed parts made of marble, and limestone parts decorated Corinthian columns, arches and statues work Foucault. Interestingly, the statues were created much earlier cathedral. Two symmetrical side entrance and finish them to use marble and jasper.
Bell Cathedral in Cadiz built in the style of the observatory. During the construction of the bell tower were violated rules of city development that prevailed in the 18th century. For safety reasons, the city was forbidden to construct buildings that its height could be a target for enemy artillery. But for bell decided to make an exception.
If we talk about the domestic interior, in terms of the cross it is the cathedral, which allowed three naves temple. Really luxurious decoration of the dome with stucco, frescoes and sculptures made creators think the whole system supporting massive columns. The basic finishing material inside of the cathedral – marble. 16 chapels inside the cathedral in themselves are works of art. Choirs of the Cathedral of mahogany and cedar are still considered unsurpassed works of the masters of Cadiz.
Cadiz Cathedral is open to the public from 10:00 to 19:00, Sunday from 13-00 to 19-00. Cathedral officials asked not to conduct guided tours during church services.