Catedral de Cádiz

Catedral de Cádiz | Source: Texts: Ayuntamiento de Cádiz. Photos: Destino Cádiz.

The Cathedral of Cadiz, designed by Vicente de Acero, is a spectacular architectural work of art and is very original managing to combine the traditional Spanish architecture with baroque forms from Italy.

Its construction is promoted in the golden age of the city of Cádiz when it had the monopoly of American trade to replace the Old Cathedral of Santa Cruz that due to its age had become too small.

The construction was subjected to various projects that modified the original plans. In fact, the temple was not consecrated until a century after the work began. These changes are evident in the higher areas of the Cathedral: dome, towers and the finishing of the main facade.

The temple has a Latin cross shape with three naves, ambulatory and side chapels. Inside a total of 16 chapels, among that of San Sebastián, which preserves a canvas representing the owner, dated back to 1621 and done by the Genoese Andrea Ansaldi; that of San Servando and San Germán, with Baroque sculptures of Luisa Roldán, the Roldana, dated 1687; the chapel of Santa Teresa exposing the processional custody of Corpus Christi, made of silver between 1649 and 1664 on the design of Alejandro Saavedra and, finally, the Chapel, which has a neoclassical circular temple made of colored marble and golden bronze, following the design of 1790 Manuel Machuca .

The crypt deserves a special mention, designed by Vicente Acero and completed in 1726, presided over by a rectangular space with niches for burials, in which there is an 17th century altar made out of Genoese marble with the image of the Virgen del Rosario in white marble, an image of Baroque style of high quality attributed to the Italian sculptor Alessandro Algardi. In the crypt are buried, along with the bishops of the diocese, the illustrious Manuel de Falla and Jose Maria Pemán.