Catedral Vieja

sights / Religious

Catedral Vieja information

Salamanca , Spain
Address
Street Plaza de Anaya
Prices
admission €4.75
Opening hours
10am-7.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

The Catedral Nueva's largely Romanesque predecessor, the Catedral Vieja is adorned with an exquisite 15th-century altarpiece , one of the finest outside Italy, with 53 panels depicting scenes from the lives of Christ and Mary, topped by a representation of the Final Judgment. The cloister was largely ruined in an earthquake in 1755, but the Capilla de Anaya houses an extravagant alabaster sepulchre and one of Europe's oldest organs, a Mudéjar work of art dating from the 16th century.

The cathedral was begun in 1120 and remains something of a hybrid: there are Gothic elements, while the unusual ribbed cupola, the Torre del Gallo, reflects a Byzantine influence.