Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
Built between the mid-16C and late 17C from plans by Andrés de Vandelvira, this is one of the finest examples of Andalucian Renaissance architecture. The extraordinary main façade is like a palace, with its large ochre stones on which stand gigantic statues sculpted with tiny details. It is divided into two registers underlined by a balustrade, the dominant element, that flanks two stout square towers with hexagonal lanterns carrying a dome. The building is framed by enormous columns set back in the axis which the sequence of statues on the balustrade mimics, pilasters on the upper level and candelabras at the crown. Above the three doors stand some magnificent sculpted reliefs. Inside, the three aisles topped by superb cupolas on pendentives and separated by stout pillars made up of four Corinthian columns form an impressive collection. The transept has a striking cupola and is a masterpiece by Pedro del Portillo and Juan de Aranda. In the centre of the main nave, the coro has some fine walnut wood stalls sculpted by José Gallego and Oviedo del Portal. The capilla mayor, with an extraordinary Renaissance retable, contains the cathedral' greatest treasure, the cloth of the Holy Face. Also worth a mention are the chapel of St Ferdinand, the capitulary room and the sacristry which houses the cathedral museum.
- Address : pl. Santa María, s/n E - 23002 Jaén23002Jaén
- Phone : 953234233
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.catedraldejaen.org
- Prices : 5 € (-16 years old 1.50 €)