Catedral de Alcala de Henares, Alcala De Henares

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The Cathedral of St Justus and St Pastor in Alcalá de Henares is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1904.The Carrillo archbishop, rises the church to the rank of collegiate church. At the time of Cardinal Cisneros he was awarded the title of "Master" and the current building is designed, constructed between 1497 and 1515 in late Gothic style typical of this stage. The tower was built between 1528 and 1582.In 1904 the Cathedral was declared National Monument. During the Spanish Civil War the church is burned losing virtually all its treasures, saving some bars and some chairs from the old choir. In 1991 the diocese of Alcalá restored and is elevated to the status of cathedral-master, Diocese Complutense recovering that which was from the V century until 1099ExteriorThe exterior of the temple is simple and austere. The walls are covered by molding type Segovia. They emphasize the cover of the western facade of Flamboyant Gothic style, in which central medallion depicted on Saint Ildefonso; and the tower, designed by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón and Rodrigo Argüello, in herrerian style, with a height of 62.05 meters. Top is a beautiful spire tower slate.The cathedral has a severe seventeenth century cloister arches between pilasters. Soils appear covered by Renaissance carpets from nearby convents. In one of the walls the grave of Cardinal Cisneros remains.InteriorThe building's interior is divided into three naves covered by cross vaults resting on pillars fasciculados. The overall shape of the building resembles the traditional Latin cross with marked transept. The entire building suffered much in that fire, and countless works of art and objects of great historical, devotional and sentimental value were lost. Today the temple houses apart from its religious functions, an interpretive center and the Cathedral Museum.
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  • This is a cathedral from the Renaissance, so it is very austere in comparison with the Gothic cathedrals. It has nice chapels with different images of Jesus, Mary and the saints. The statue in the...  more »
  • Alcala Cathedral is too impressive from the first sight, but it was still interesting to see its old walls. Not the luckiest cathedral in the world for sure: the fire has destroyed many works of art.....  more »
  • Church is historic, beautiful, the organ is breathtaking all in all we are happy to be living next door.
  • All of the antiques in its museum are very interesting. For a pretty low price you can go up the bell tower and have a magnificent view of the town.
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