Cathedral of Granada, Spain

By | 2015-06-25T08:58:46+00:00 June 26, 2015|Europe, Photo of the Day, Spain|6 Comments

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As you look at all the cathedrals in Spain, and compare it to this one, the Cathedral of Granada certainly sticks out.

It’s not Gothic or Romanesque like all the others, you see. And that’s because it was built so much later.

Because Granada was the last city to be captured from the Moors, and so the last city to get a cathedral. And, because it was now almost the 16th Century when Christianity was reestablished here, styles had changed. No more Gothic, you see. There was now a Renaissance going on, and architects such as Michelangelo had changed things with such churches as St. Peter’s in Rome.

And so, you have what is basically a Renaissance style, which borrowed a lot from classical, and not much from Gothic. And get what is a classically simple architecture, which was later tarted up with a lot of baroque decoration. You just can’t trust church architects not to go too far. I mean look at St. Peters.

And look at this organ. There are two of them, by the way, on both sides of the nave. I’d love to hear them will all the stops out. Playing something baroque, like Bach. Loud.

6 Comments

  1. Frank June 26, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Wow, just stupendous.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Tom Bartel June 28, 2015 at 6:23 am - Reply

      Nice organ indeed. The chapel where Isabel and Fernando are buried was even more beautiful. Unfortunately, no photos allowed.

  2. Janet Hogshead June 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve forwarded you to Nancy Moon, a wonderful friend of Nancy HM.
    She was the main PR person at Madison Square Garden, but has a private company now.
    She is just at the beginning of her photography life, but has traveled with Peter Turnley, another of NLHM’s photography friend

  3. Tom Bartel June 28, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Thanks, Janet. Hope to hear from her.

  4. Raymond July 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Glorious. I missed going inside the cathedral when I was in Granada as it was closed at that time.
    I’m wishing to be back!

    • Tom Bartel July 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      It’s a nice cathedral, but it’s down the list of the first places I’d go back to in Spain, after Sagrada Familia, Leon, Burgos, and Toledo.

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