Girona Cathedral

The Girona Cathedral is called the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Girona, and was first built in the 11th century as a Romanesque church, but was later remodeled to have a Gothic design. The facade is Baroque and was mostly finished in the 18th century. The facade work was completed in 1961. At that late date, the local sculptors Josep Bohigas, Antoni Casamor, Jaume Busquets and Domenec Fita worked on the statues that finally fit into the niches of the facade. The facade has three parts like an altarpiece, each separated by columns. Above there is a very large stained glass rose window.

The bell tower has a Neoclassic design and the layout is octagonal, and this was finished in the 18th century, although it was started in the 11th century, and it is called the Tower of Charlemagne. Beside the bell tower is the Door of the Apostles, which originally had a Gothic design from 1394, but was finished in 1975 in a Neo-gothic design.

The interior of the Cathedral has one large nave, and construction of this nave was started in the 14th century. The church has the largest nave in Spain under one vault, with a width of 23 meters, a height of 34 meters, and a length of 50 meters. Light enters the church from stained glass windows that date from the 14th and 15th centuries.

In the middle of the church is the choir, with chairs from the 16th century. One important chair used by church officials dates from the 14th century. The major altarpiece is in the middle of the nave and this has a Romanesque design from the 16th century and is made of alabaster. On top is a canopy made of silver, and with a Gothic design. There is a Chapel of Sant Pere, that can be accessed by stairs. It has very important Catalan paintings and a retable designed by Pubol in the 15th century. There is a rare church organ in the church.

The Cathedral museum is very beautiful. It is very well organized and has beautiful art work and church treasures in it. It has a very rare 11th century tapestry that is called the Tapestry of Creation, featuring many Biblical characters. This was created in the 10th or 11th century.

There is a cloister that was constructed in the 12th century, and this has a trapezoidal design, which is very unique. This has double columns that support the arches. The capitals have Biblical scenes and vegetal designs.