Iglesia de Santa Cruz


Cádiz' most ancient church and original cathedral was a Gothic-Mudéjar creation commissioned by Alfonso X El Sabio in 1263, on the site of a former mosque. After suffering serious damage during the 1596 Dutch-British sacking of the city, it was rebuilt in the 18th century. Beyond the restrained facade, its moody interior has a gilded 17th-century baroque main altarpiece, above which rise beautiful vaulted ceilings and arches.

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1. Museo Catedralicio

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A stone’s throw east of Cádiz' cathedral, its museum is housed in the 16th-century Casa de la Contaduría, displaying an excavated medieval street,…

2. Teatro Romano

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On the seaward edge of the Barrio del Pópulo, Cádiz' Roman theatre dates from the late 1st century BCE and, originally, had space for 10,000 spectators. A…

3. Torre del Reloj

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Following half a century off limits, the eastern tower of the cathedral is now open once more. Ascend via the twirling ramp for fabulous wraparound views…

4. Campo del Sur

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Flanked by pastel-painted houses, Cádiz' curving malecón is eerily reminiscent of Cuba's Havana, which it's believed to have inspired.

5. Catedral de Cádiz

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Cádiz' beautiful yellow-domed cathedral is an impressively proportioned baroque-neoclassical construction, best appreciated from seafront Campo del Sur in…

6. Ayuntamiento

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Cádiz' neoclassical town hall dominates Plaza San Juan de Dios. The building dates from around 1800, though a town hall has stood on this site since the…

7. Plaza de San Juan de Dios

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Glammed up for the 200th anniversary of the 1812 constitution, cafe-lined Plaza de San Juan de Dios is dominated by the grand, neoclassical ayuntamiento,…

8. Plaza de Topete

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About 250m northwest of the cathedral, this triangular plaza is one of Cádiz’ most intimate. Bright with flowers, it's usually talked about as Plaza de…