baby angels decorate the base of one of the pulpits
the domed main altar is unique in that it sits in the center of the chapel
Soon after the Catholic Monarchs finally had conquered Granada, plans were made for a massive 5-nave cathedral on the site
of the Grand Mosque downtown.
Due to a lack of funds and focus it took 30 years before actual construction started and it was
not before 1704 that the Granada Cathedral was finally finished.
Scores of architects left their marks on the design, notably
ill-tempered Alonso Cano who designed the huge main facade and painted and sculptured several pieces of art himself.
the Royal Chapel was part of the cathedral but nowadays this last resting place for the Catholic Monarchs has a separate entrance.
Taking pictures is not allowed here.
Philip II skipped plans for Granada to be the last resting place for Holy
Roman Emperor Charles V and had his his father buried in nearby Madrid instead.
Highlights of the cathedral are
the high roofed main chapel (Capilla Mayor), the many side chapels, some with paintings from El Greco and Alonso Cano and the
18th century organs.
We visited the cathedral in April 2019.
Bocanegra painted the lactation scene behind the Altar de San Bernardo
the wooden south-west door
the Triunfo de Santiago chapel
the main nave leads to the majestic Capilla Mayor
the Royal Chapel now has a separate entrance (and ticketprice)
the high ceiling in the main nave
the Jesus Nazareno chapel
these books are old and not to be touched
the impressive facade
only one of the two planned towers was built, at half height
the Virgen de la Antigue chapel
the organs date from the 18th century
the paintings in the huge dome are from Alonso Cano himself