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New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)
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“An awesome city”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

The Cathedral is set in context of this 'Golden City' and dominates the skyline.
An awesome building, its beauty equals that of the other major cathedrals: Seville, Toledo and Burgos.
Unfortunately, admission charges apply; as also for the tower whence incredible views are possible.
The dazzling and vast altar reredos is recently restored and the organ - with its horizontal 'battle trumpets' is famous.
Curious iron cage-work is perhaps redolent of a Roman Catholic age now past.
Has not always been open in my experience.

Visited April 2014
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Toulouse, France
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“Really Gorgeous Cathedral”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

The internal tour is both New and Old Cathedrals. Do the roof tour you wont be disappointed! Its like a labyrinth up there!

Visited April 2014
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Orange County, California
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“a grand cathedral”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

The audio guide that comes with the Old and New cathedral visit is awesome for any art student and history buff. It relates the stories behind each chapel and cloister in the 2 cathedrals. I'd say it matches the grandeur of both Toledo and Seville cathedrals.

Visited March 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“magnificent facade”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Viewed from the tower of the University of Salamanca; unfortunately, not open for internal visit when we were there 12 Dec

Visited December 2013
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Estepona, Spain
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“It's big, it's old although called new, and it has an astronaut and an ice-cream cone among its carvings”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

It's big, very, very big.

Not quite as big as the Mezquita in Cordoba, but when you think that in the 16th century they didn't have the power tools, the electric lifts or lights, and certainly no Health and Safety imposed by the European Union, then you wonder just how they managed to build it.

No Engineering degrees either, so I am always slightly concerned about the ceiling falling in . . .

TIP 1: You have to pay to go in, it's fairly pricey (about 5€) but it's worth it, as you get a Buy One Get One Free entry to the Old Cathedral too - the two join inside.

TIP 2: Climb up. Climb up to the tower, and walk around the rooftop promenade to get a great view of the city.

TIP 3: Don't miss looking for the astronaut, and the griffon who is holding an ice-cream cornet with three scoops of ice-cream in. It's not clear what flavour they are. :-)

Yes, a 17th century cathedral with a very clear carving of an astronaut and an ice-cream cone, three scoops please, no sprinkles.

You're not imagining things, it's not some mis-interpretation of an image of a Saint or a Virgin. Look at the photos . . .

They are on the façade of the New Cathedral, around the doorway, on the left hand side, among the leaves.

As to how they got there . . . it was twenty-odd years ago, when they were restoring the doorway, that the local stonemasons decided to leave their own mark on this glorious building.

Thus earning their own immortality. Miguel Romero and an unnamed colleague, take a bow.

Visited October 2013
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