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“Concert”
Review of Turo Seu Vella

Turo Seu Vella
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Lleida
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

Went to a conference this week in Lleida and the youth orchestra played a concert here. It was fabulous. The setting is amazing so if you have the chance to pass through Lleida and see it, then you should.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Lleida (Lerida) is a remarkably unattractive town, having borne the brunt of wars and depradations over the centuries, but the town is crowned by the magnificent and unmissable Seu Vella, a cathedral-fortress that has seen many owners over the ages.
There are signs from the town centre which will enable you to drive right up to the entrance (large free parking area), or you can walk if you are fit, or take a strange lift to one side of the complex - but driving there is easy.
7€ is the current cost of the combined ticket, but the Casa del Rey is only one room which has little in it, so if you are feeling economical you can pay 4€ for the cathedral, cloisters and bell tower.
Although there is plenty of concrete about, the town has done a great job at piecing back together what was once a historical marvel. The church is vast, the cloisters stunning, the tower exhausting to climb, and the views from everywhere outstanding (except that there is little to see of interest!).
Don't miss the back side of the church, where there are two splendid porticos (also a bar with terrace and more views), and on the first Tuesday of each month entry is free. There is plenty of information to be had, and, unusually for Spain, notices are in English too.

5  Thank keithmalin
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This has to be a hidden gem. I am sorry all you wonderful people from Lleida but I had not heard of your city before. And we just happened to drive past the city at lunch time and seeing the cathedral towering over the city we decided to lunch in the city and then visit the cathedra. And what a great thing it turned out to be.

The architecture cannot be labeled magnificent; there are more breathtaking monasteries and churches. It is certainly not the biggest neither. And it is not the oldest. It probably doesn't stand out as number one in any respect but it is truly a peaceful place with a wonderful aura about the whole place. Perhaps we were lucky to be there when the place was virtually deserted but I do have a feeling that it is not uncommon at all. IF you come to Lleida, do make sure to visit this site.

Observe that there is two tire admission systems where you actually pay less if you are only visiting the cathedral itself and not the adjoining castle of kings.

2  Thank Sasanf
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

The views are fantastic. Unless you are scared of heights, you should make it up to the top of the bell tower.

1  Thank Vikongo
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The cathedral is designed in a transitional style between Romanesque and Gothic. It lacks almost any influence of Islamic architecture. The floor plan is of a basilica in a Latin cross with a nave and two aisles. The tower is octagonal with a central space of five apses. The interior was decorated in painted murals and sculpture, much of which is still preserved, but much of which has been despoiled during the War of Spanish Succession.

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