Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, Cuenca

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Cuenca
Must see · Architectural Building · Church
A fusion of architectural styles, Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral stands as a towering landmark visible from all over town. Constructed over a period of nearly 100 years and finished only in 1975, the cathedral features Romanesque Revival, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic elements. Marvel at its trio of powder-blue domes, covered in imported blue and white glazed tiles, and get a good look at the intricate facade. Head inside to enjoy its vaulted interior lavishly decorated with gold and marble accents. Note that the building's blue domes appear disproportionately small; an architectural flaw required a downsizing of the overly heavy features so as not to collapse the structure. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral by using our Cuenca day trip planning website.
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  • The centerpiece of downtown Cuenca, the cathedral is a must see while in town. From it's artistic design to the surrounding restaurants, cafes and plaza, it's a beautiful place to visit.  more »
  • Lovely to visit, the beautiful colours, we arrived when mass was on and quietly entered and just observed for a while, very special indeed.  more »
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  • My dear companion and I were totally in awe of this marvelous cathedral. I learned immediately that photos of cathedrals, the likes of which I have seen before, are ultimately powerless to transmit the powers of such grandiose spaces. The architecture, statuary, and painting about this palace of God are simply beyond photography, let alone words, which, as you know, are only worth ~1/1000 of a picture. You just gotta see for yourself. We were tearing up beholding this majestic place, no joke. Neither one of us is Catholic but we both knelt to pray and returned the following Sunday to observe mass. We never did make it up the tower, but apparently you can do so for a small fee, so do. This cathedral is truly awesome, and I am not using that word lightly like your average American idiot. See for yourself.
  • Amazing architecture, quiet and clean. It's the biggest church in Cuenca, full of history and art. Ride the tower is a good way to know historic center of Cuenca. 100% recomendable!
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