Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
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  • sally j
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom1,862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Alter Piece
    We really enjoyed visiting the old cathedral, its a much prettier building than the new cathedral. You can feel the history inside. The highlight though has to be the main alter, it is so beautiful, and definitely worth spending time in this serene place
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • BrookeMorales
    London, United Kingdom1,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot to take in
    This stunning and very grand cathedral is located in the centre of the beautiful and vibrant city of Salamanca. There is much to see here, so take your time. Admire the many paintings, sculptures, and fine architecture. It is probably a good idea to take a guided tour as there is much to learn.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
  • AL_reviewer_2014
    Weymouth, United Kingdom156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    My ticket was €10 and included both cathedrals (old and new) and the Bishop's Palace. The cathedrals are obviously worth seeing. The audioguide was interesting, but you wouldn't miss out on much if you didn't fancy listening to it. It's free with entry. After the cathedrals, I went to the Bishop's Palace, which has a couple of floors of religious art. Not my thing, so I zoomed around. In the final room, there a dozen or so VR headsets. You sit down, select your language, and put the headset on. It takes you on a magnificent, if not frightening, tour of both cathedrals. It is incredible. If you don't like heights, don't do it. This would be the highlight for kids.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,065 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every city ought to have two!
    Salamanca is "blessed" with two major cathedrals. The Old Cathedral, which some deemed to be "too dark and too boring," was be demolished when construction of new cathedral began in the early 1500s. But it soon became clear that it would take decades for the new cathedral to be completed, so the old one was retained. Two centuries later, Salamanca finally had two cathedrals, standing side by side. Eventually, plans to tear down the old structure were dismissed and the two gems stand together to this day.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catedral Vieja de Salamanca
    The new and old cathedrals in Salamanca are side by side, and they share the cloister. One ticket gives you access to both cathedrals and to the cloister. Both cathedrals are part of the UNESCO heritage site "Old City of Salamanca". The construction of the old cathedral took place between the first third of the 12th century and the end of the 14th century. It is in Romanesque and Gothic style. Much smaller than the New Cathedral, it is however - according to me - much more striking, with its main altarpiece, chapels, tombs, chapterhouse and cloister.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 May 2024
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packcal
California1,314 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Centuries old cathedral. Audio headphone presentation mediocre. Mainly featured side chapels and did not provide a good overview of the cathedrals history , architecture and culture.
Written 31 May 2024
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The new and old cathedrals in Salamanca are side by side, and they share the cloister. One ticket gives you access to both cathedrals and to the cloister. Both cathedrals are part of the UNESCO heritage site "Old City of Salamanca".

The construction of the old cathedral took place between the first third of the 12th century and the end of the 14th century. It is in Romanesque and Gothic style.

Much smaller than the New Cathedral, it is however - according to me - much more striking, with its main altarpiece, chapels, tombs, chapterhouse and cloister.
Written 22 May 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Salamanca is "blessed" with two major cathedrals. The Old Cathedral, which some deemed to be "too dark and too boring," was be demolished when construction of new cathedral began in the early 1500s. But it soon became clear that it would take decades for the new cathedral to be completed, so the old one was retained. Two centuries later, Salamanca finally had two cathedrals, standing side by side. Eventually, plans to tear down the old structure were dismissed and the two gems stand together to this day.
Written 22 May 2024
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK3,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Excellent cathedral with all the usual stuff you would expect, amazing internal and external architecture, massive structures and domes and fantastic brickwork, stonework.
It costs €10 to go in and I really object to churches charging visitor but this does seem to be the norm these days.
Written 21 April 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Not everyone, even a large city in Spain, can boast of a cathedral and there are two of them in Salamanca! The old cathedral was built in the XII-XIII centuries after the liberation of Salamanca from the Moors. However, the foundation of the university led to an explosive population growth, and there was not enough space for parishioners in the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. The new cathedral began to be built in 1513 in the immediate vicinity of the old cathedral with the intention of demolishing it later. It was the time of the peak of Spain's power, when the Reconquista was completed, and a flood of gold and silver poured into the country from Peru and Mexico. However, construction was delayed, and prosperity on the gold of the Incas and Aztecs was replaced by a 60-year war in the Netherlands, Drake's defeat of the "Invincible Armada" and grueling wars with France. The new cathedral has not yet been built (it will be finished in 1733), and services need to be conducted. This saved the old cathedral from demolition. Once inside, you will see both the new and the old cathedral. And it is in this sequence. The transition from pretentious Baroque to flat painting of an almost Byzantine pattern will tell you that you are already in the old cathedral. Byzantine motifs can also be found outside, for example at the scaly dome of the Cockerel Tower (Torre del Gallo). Inside the cathedral, the main thing is a 15th-century retablo attributed to Nicholas of Florence (1430), consisting of 53 frescoes. Above it is a semi-dome with scenes of the Last Judgment. The chapel of St. Martin with paintings of the XIII century is worth noting. Moving towards the exit, you will enter the cloister of the cathedral. The chapels facing the cloister were used as classrooms for university students until buildings were built for it in the city...
Written 18 March 2024
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AL_reviewer_2014
Weymouth, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
My ticket was €10 and included both cathedrals (old and new) and the Bishop's Palace. The cathedrals are obviously worth seeing. The audioguide was interesting, but you wouldn't miss out on much if you didn't fancy listening to it. It's free with entry. After the cathedrals, I went to the Bishop's Palace, which has a couple of floors of religious art. Not my thing, so I zoomed around. In the final room, there a dozen or so VR headsets. You sit down, select your language, and put the headset on. It takes you on a magnificent, if not frightening, tour of both cathedrals. It is incredible. If you don't like heights, don't do it. This would be the highlight for kids.
Written 31 January 2024
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Mark D
Lagoa, Portugal273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral not to be missed on your walking tour of Salamanca. The new cathedral is attached to old cathedral, you can pay one price and see both.
Written 22 October 2023
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We preferred the old cathedral over the new, as it was less ornate and had a fine altar showing the life of Jesus. While nether is new-the old was finished in the 13th century and the new in the 18th century-we found the style and format of the old cathedral better to our taste.
Written 9 October 2023
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BrookeMorales
London, UK1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This stunning and very grand cathedral is located in the centre of the beautiful and vibrant city of Salamanca.
There is much to see here, so take your time. Admire the many paintings, sculptures, and fine architecture. It is probably a good idea to take a guided tour as there is much to learn.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

sally j
Chelmsford, UK1,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting the old cathedral, its a much prettier building than the new cathedral. You can feel the history inside. The highlight though has to be the main alter, it is so beautiful, and definitely worth spending time in this serene place
Written 30 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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