Photo Gallery: Granada Cathedral of Incarnation ~ Spain


Granada Cathedral Arch - Spain

There’s something about cathedrals that make you just stand there in awe, dwarfed by the stunning architecture full of details. Those gigantic structures, often overlooking the city, have been built over centuries by thousands of men who had none of today’s tools. It was one thing that I really missed when living in Asia.

After 6 months of living in Granada, I remembered that I’ve yet to visit the cathedral in town.

Hidden behind buildings and overlooking a tiny square, the Granada cathedral is easy to miss and doesn’t really stand out in the open like the Notre-Dame in Paris, or the cathedral in Cologne in Germany.

Unlike most cathedrals in Spain, construction of this cathedral had to await the conquest of the last Arab Kingdom: the Nasrid kingdom of Granada in 1492. Queen Isabella immediately ordered the building of a new cathedral that was to be located on the site of one the city’s main mosques.

At the time, the original architect was Enrique Egas, who was part of the Old Gothic school. Egas put down the foundation of the cathedral in Gothic style, but he was soon replaced by the architect Diego de Siloé, who convinced the King to change the design from Gothic to the Renaissance style.

He found the perfect way of combining a Renaissance dome with a Gothic floor plan. The cathedral took 181 years to “complete”, with work starting in 1518 and ending in 1703 (the project was paused for a few years in the early stages).

Many architects took over the construction and design of the cathedral during that time, and with them, many different styles have been applied to the structure. The Gothic foundation was by Egas, the Renaissance style of the building was designed by de Siloé and the beautiful facade of the cathedral was designed in 1667 by Alonso Cano in a Baroque style.

I mentioned that the cathedral was “completed” in 1704, but not exactly. In 1590, the king Felipe II decided to stop the completion of the facade, due to financial and technical issues. The cathedral was supposed to have two 81-meter towers on both sides, but only one was built and its height had to be lowered to 50m because the Gothic foundations could not support the heavy mass of both towers.

 

Granada Cathedral Entrance - Spain

 

This is the main entrance of the cathedral. The style is Baroque, designed by Cano. The entrance faces a very small plaza, hidden behind old buildings.

 

Granada Cathedral Exterior - Spain

 

On the left side is one of the towers that was supposed to be almost twice as high but was left unfinished. The other tower, which should have been on the right side was never built.

 

Granada Cathedral Pillars - Spain

 

The inside of the cathedral is massive and is built in the Renaissance style by Diego de Siloé, a Spanish architect who studied in Italy. I included the woman in the scene to give a sense of perspective.

 

Golden Pipe Organ - Granada, Spain

 

I’m a real sucker for beautiful organs in churches and cathedrals. This one takes the winning spot for its details, beauty and size. It’s also a typical classical Spanish organ, dating from the 18th century. Spanish organs were characterized by the addition of horizontal trumpets. There is also another similar organ on the other side, both facing each other.

 

Granada Cathedral Pipe Organ - Spain

 

This is the back side of the previous organ.

 

 

I’ll leave you with more shots of some of the shrines, decorations and details found in the gigantic and beautiful cathedral. Too bad they don’t allow tripods (as usual), but I’m looking forward to going again and taking some more shots. Don’t forget to check out the photosphere at the end of the gallery.

 

Granada Cathedral Dominus - Spain

Mater Dei Statue - Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral Door - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral - Spain

Granada Cathedral Vault - Spain

 

If you want a little virtual visit, click on the image below to check out the photosphere I shot inside with my phone. Enjoy the visit.

Granada Cathedral Panorama - Spain


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Coldwell Banker La Costa
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Wow! Stunning!

Daniel Nahabedian
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Thank you :)

fotoeins
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Daniel, your photos are bringing back great memories of visiting Granada! Thanks for your post!

Daniel Nahabedian
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Thank you for the comment :)

Chris
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Perhaps the thing I notice so much about cathedrals and well any old building these days is that how can they have built such amazingly beautiful buildings way back then when we can’t make anything half as good looking now?

Daniel Nahabedian
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Exactly. Now when we just know how to build phallic steel towers that won’t last half as long as these structures. Bleh.

Hannah
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The best thing about traveling is not just the food but the scenery you get to feel and experience. Love the photos! Great job!

Kristy
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It is very stunning works of arts. The antique organ looks very stunning. I wonder if that if it is still working.

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Daniel Nahabedian
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Thanks Kristy! Yes, the organ still works, they use it during mass :)

Erin@TheCaffeinatedDayTripper
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Erin@TheCaffeinatedDayTripper

Your photography throughout this blog & site is STUNNING. I seethe with jealousy and grin with admiration.

Daniel Nahabedian
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Thank you very much Erin :)

Carmen Allan-Petale
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Wow. I’m not religious but I love going into to buildings like these because they are always magnificent and have a peaceful aura about them. I think you’ve captured this well!

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Paris is really an impressive place to visit. I would like to include this in my itinerary. Thanks for sharing this.

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marria
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i visited it almost 2 years back but never noticed the intricate details thankyou for such informative treasue.

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What camera you used to take pictures ?

Daniel Nahabedian
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Hey Terry,

I currently shoot with a Canon 6D, but these shots were taken with my previous camera, which is a Canon 50D.

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