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Oratorio de La Santa Cueva

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Address: Calle Rosario, s/n, 11004 Cadiz, Spain
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+34 956 22 22 62

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Hear Hayden's music on entering; see 2 different church styles in 1 building

This church is located on a narrow lane squeezed in among shop and apartment doorways. It was the noticeable sculpted facade images and pilasters at the side of an old door and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This church is located on a narrow lane squeezed in among shop and apartment doorways. It was the noticeable sculpted facade images and pilasters at the side of an old door and colorful tourist banner that confirmed we were at the "cave" church. Also, look for the sign attached to the outside wall which shows the names of famous artists... More 

Thank retireeVancouver
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

A special place to visit in Cadiz. You can see some Murillo's painting and hear amazing anecdotes about the city and the church. There is an image of the pregnant Virgen Mary.

Thank Chus M
Gainesville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

I went for the Goyas, and they are nothing to get excited about. Compared with the Black Paintings in the Prado and the amazing angels on the ceiling of the Parroquias de San Antonio de la Florida y San Pio X (also in Madrid), these paintings are nothing special. The story of this church is interesting (the lower floor began... More 

Thank Macloo
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

We wanted to see the Goya frescoes which are in the church on the second floor. There is a room downstairs which was originally a cave. The building itself is beautiful with stunning staircas

Thank LindaBamford
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

We went to find this chapel as soon as we arrived in Cadiz in case it closed at lunchtime, which it does, but it also reopens in the afternoon. Entry is 3 euros each. The downstairs chapel is gloomy and dull, the upstairs chapel with the Goya paintings is sumptuous and ornate. The centralised space has eight alabaster columns spaced... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

This Oratorio is one of the most unusual catholic sites we have visited. Down some rather steep stairs is a stark, very plain chapel with a gruesomely realistic calvary - a place for quiet contemplation, and prayer. Add some baroque music and it makes you want to stop, and think hard. Upstairs, a glorious baroque chapel - a complete contrast.... More 

1 Thank ihbScotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

usually, churches cathedrals and chapels ... .. and the truth ... visits are all very similar, finally after there was only one Jesus and one Virgen (get as matching those of the Macarena and the Triana) ... so this oratorio cave for a small fee, allows an approach to another way of understanding the religious buildings ... you have to... More 

1 Thank Benniez01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

This tiny 'Holy Cave' church combines stark, simple piety and glorious splendor in its lower and upper chapels. Dating to the 1700s, and featuring three commissioned Goya masterpieces, the higher chapel has more artworks...but the lower 'cave' is powerfully conducive to meditation. NOTE: Steep stairs could be treacherous; not for mobility impaired.

2 Thank wildswanDelaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

This oratory is beautiful. There is an underground level where there is a large stark calvary. The middle level is a small museum where among other things one can see the score of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ oratorio which was commissioned for here. The Top floor is the beautiful chapel which has three paintings by Goya. The Last... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

They took our 2 x 3 euros and gave us a good leaflet, but of course by that time you are there and head off upstairs to see the goyas and surroundings. The Goya paintings are on the inside of the roof, quite dark and hard to see. Unfortunately while we were there a jobsworth in yellow was testing the... More 

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