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“Very different”

Catedral de Santa Maria
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US$98.55*
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We came across the cathedral first after a walk from the bus station. A tour in Spanish had just started and we were invited to join (tour and tower €10.50 .the cathedral is under renovation still so a hard hat was required for some of the visit, we were given audios in English that were very good , loads of good information. Please be careful if you have a fear of heights or at all claustrophobic this may not be for you , as you go underground and up high (not really that high but having been in the Great Pyramid and other places including the crown of the Statue of Liberty) even I had to concentrate when navigating the narrow passage of the tower. There are lots of info points to read and the tour finishes with a look back at the renovations, very glad to see this building is now structurally safe. A different visit.

Thank KLBOS
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

The guided tour is interesting, especially seeing how and why the cathedral was in such a precarious condition. However, we felt that the tour was too rushed. There are lots of information panels that we didn't have time to look at and the part under the roof where they were working and which looked really interesting wasn't explained at all.

Thank Nigelbowles
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

although I couldn't go inside due to the recent construction, it seems like an amazing cathedral to be seen inside. it is huge and very impressive.

Thank blindangel
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The cathedral is not open to public, because it is under constant repairing. So we visited the church with a guided tour, paying about 15-20 € for each adult.
The tour was really amazing. It start with a brief explanation of the city wall outside the cathedral and then a complete journey from the foundation to the top,
with a detailed explanation of what happened to the structure in the past on each storic period, also with the aid of plastic models...
Very completly and clear explanations of all areas during the timeline...
Our tour was in italian, but there is a lot of languages available. The guide is very kind and professional, and she answers to all our questions.
Remember to book in advance (also 1 or 2 days before) and to be on time for the start of the tour.

Thank Jalbit
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The cathedral is being renovated and a guided tour is the only way to see it.
The cathedral itself is quite pretty without being remarkable but the tour was fantastic.
Tours are mostly is Castilian and Basque with English language tours only occasionally. We joined a Castillian (Spanish) tour but were given a headset that gave a very full explanation of what we were looking at. The guided tour did not always precisely follow the same order as the headset tour but there are signs with numbers and it is easy to put in the appropriate number to get it right.
The interest stems from the archaeology uncovered in the restoration and the story successive (historical) restorations contributing to the building's decay until this latest one stabilised it. There is very clever light show at the end of the tour that illuminates a side chapel in the painted decor of successive generations as revealed during the restoration.
Visit is about €10 and well worth it. Visit takes just over an hour.

Thank Largesarge1961
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