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Cathedral of Jaca

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Address: Plaza San Pedro 1, 22700, Jaca, Spain
Phone Number: 34974362185
08:30 - 13:30
16:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 13:30
16:00 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This was Spain's first Romanesque cathedral.

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Gloomy and Majestic

I have been already thinking, that the cathedral must be extremely high, big and robust, but the Jaca one is nearly to miss it. It was constructed in 11 century and with Loarre... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I have been already thinking, that the cathedral must be extremely high, big and robust, but the Jaca one is nearly to miss it. It was constructed in 11 century and with Loarre Castle can give quite unexpected positive surprise of Romanesque architecture. The Alabaster in the windows, extremely good conditions. You can miss some monks only, to fulfil the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Being 10th C in these parts, this cathedral was used as a model for many others. Romanesque basically means that the arches are semi-circular, so walls are massive to support the weight - the kind of thing you see in Norman castles in England. This cathedral has later additions, which are Gothic - pointy arches - which are often more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is one of the oldest Romanesque cathedrals in Spain. Yet, only parts of the current structure are the original since additions were made throughout the centuries all the way to the 18th. so many styles can be detected in regular visit, good for educational purposes of European church design. To get the benefit of a visit placing an euro... More 

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Zutphen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful cathedral with all styles from Roman to Gothic to Baroque incorporated in one building. To really see some of the interior, pay an euro to put on the lights.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I understand this to be the oldest Romanesque Cathedral in spain. Very little interior light. Narrow, alabaster windows. Easy to imagine spain 800 years ago in this setting. Very simple interior, Very different from the more ornate later Spanish cathedrals. an interesting half hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Not only did we visit the Cathedral we got the history to go with it. Then we stepped out into the festival complete with Giants. Wonderful

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Pau, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Just pop in, it is on the pilgrim trail. Interesting history. Just be aware it closes for spanish lunch time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This really is a rather impressive cathedral. Huge amounts of religious imagery, albeit that the designs aren't exactly subtle, but if that's what the faithful want, then that is what they should have. Previous reviewers have criticised the fact that you have to pay to illuminate parts of the church, and although I tend to agree with that criticism, I'll... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

It is indeed a peculiar small cathedral with very rare and artistic praying paintings and altars. It is a pity that you have to put some coins to get it illuminated because the golden porticos are quite interesting and unique. Do not miss the Museum inside because there are XII, XIII and XIV centuries paintings taken from other churches and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

No stop over to Jaca should be without a walk by and a view of the cathedral. The building is both impressive and very old. Jaca has huge history from the war in 1800 so well worth a visit. 😊

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