the stunning catedral de santa maría in burgos

The 13th-century Catedral de Santa María in Burgos is among the most beautiful of Spain’s many cathedrals, and one of its largest after The Giralda at Sevilla. Begun in 1221, it was modified in the 15th and 16th centuries. Mostly Gothic, it actually combines many styles, having been embellished over the centuries with Renaissance and Baroque elements by different master builders and architects. It has a magnificent edifice, graceful spires, and sits in the midst of the grand city’s medieval streets.


Catedral de Santa María in Burgos

Designated a World Heritage Site, it is filled with art treasures and artifacts.  There are 21 outstanding chapels, including St. Thecla, St. John, and St. James.  Behind the high altar is a statue of St. James the Moor-slayer, Santiago Matamoros.


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María


interior of Catedral de Santa María

The altarpiece of the Chapel of St. Anne is exquisitely detailed.

The impressive Renaissance Golden Staircase, Escalera Dorada, was designed by Diego de Siloe.


Renaissance Golden Staircase, Escalera Dorada


interior of Catedral de Santa María

Inside the center of the Chapel of the Condestables (the Constables) are the recumbent statues of the founders, Pedro Fernández de Velasco and Mencía de Mendoza.  These marble statues display exquisite and realistic detail in the features, hair, clothing and jewelry.


the Condestables


the Condestables


interior of Catedral de Santa María in Burgos

Directly under the star lantern at the heart of the cathedral, lies El Cid, or Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1043 – 10 July 1099), a Castilian nobleman and military leader in medieval Spain. His wife Jimena lies by his side. El Cid was a Muslim title of respect; he is the great legendary son of Burgos. He died in Valencia in 1099 after having recovered the city from the Moors. I didn’t take a photo of the tomb, but below is the Cofre (chest) of El Cid.


Cofre (chest) of El Cid


cloister at Catedral de Santa María


Catedral de Santa María


Catedral de Santa María in Burgos


interior of Catedral de Santa María

*September 22, 2018*


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