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“Top Spot in Lleida”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Turo Seu Vella

Turo Seu Vella
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Lleida
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Clayton, California
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“Top Spot in Lleida”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

And I mean that title both literally and figuratively. Located on the highest hill in Lleida, this cathedral has a commanding view of the city and the countryside beyond. Of course, the best view is from the belltower; at 238 steps up an increasingly narrow spiral staircase, the belltower is the highest point in Lleida. It was a warm day when I climbed to the top, but the small windows and larger doors for the bells provided a welcome cooling breeze. And the thick stone walls provided insulation from the heat of the day. The cathedral itself is magnificent in its scale. I never cease to be amazed at the skill required to construct these buildings in the 13th century. I found the cloisters to be a wonderful place to relax after the climb to the top of the belltower; there is plenty of seating on the stone benches and the columns and intricate carvings between them held my interest for as long as I wanted to rest. If you're in Leida, this is the top site to visit. It's not necessary to walk the hill to get there. It's easy enough to drive right up to the entrance to the complex.

Visited August 2014
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“One of the best cathedrals in Spain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

It is on top of a hill that overlooks the city, and you can climb up the tower to get great views of the city, but it is a fair hike! The cathedral also has a nice garden, and a museum. 5 Euros to get in, or 4 for students (including international).

It's also next to the kings castle, which costs extra to get into.

Visited July 2014
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“Worth the walk.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Unfortunately, when we were there, the tower was not open but still had to pay full entry fee!
However, Cathedral and Cloisters good and views over city fantastic.
A must if you have the time.

Visited July 2014
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“Concert”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Stop on Lleida to see this - then move on”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited June 2014
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