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Catedral de Santa María de Burgos

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Burgos, Spain.

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You'd be pardoned for thinking you were in Paris or Cologne, staring up at the soaring spires of the Catedral de Santa María, its rose window and steep spires drawing inspiration from its European counterparts. Only when you turn back around to face the sleepy town of Burgos do you realize that you are in the heart of Castilian Spain.

But there are unique quirks to this gothic cathedral that are unparalleled. Statues of the twelve apostles preside peacefully over the Coroníera portal, and ornate aisles branch out towards 15 separate chapels. Its dedication is beautifully conveyed through a crowned statue of the Virgin Mary with the corresponding inscription ‘Beautiful art Thou, and graceful’. The magnificent kaleidoscope quality of the interior ceiling is an aesthetic feast.

Written by  Caroline Podsiad.

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“Catedral de Santa María de Burgos”

This cathedral is outstanding for the elegance and harmony of its architecture, and it is the only one in Spain which, for its cathedral building alone, has received the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Although it is predominantly Gothic, the cathed… Read more...

Written by press. Official Spanish Tourism Website

“Burgos Cathedral”

'Our Lady of Burgos was begun in the 13th century at the same time as the great cathedrals of the Ile-de-France and was completed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The entire history of Gothic art is summed up in its superb architecture and its unique col… Read more...

Written by press. UNESCO

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