Tourist Guide to Huesca Discover the Hidden Gems



Huesca Cathedral

If you like art and architecture, you cannot miss a visit to the Huesca Cathedral, one of the most important monuments in the city. The Cathedral was built in the Gothic style on the site of a former mosque, which was converted into a church after the conquest of the city by King Peter I in 1096. In 1273, King James I decided to demolish the mosque and erect a new temple, which was to be worthy of a bishop’s seat and a symbol of Christianity in Aragon.

The construction of the cathedral lasted over 300 years and ended in the 16th century. Inside, you can admire beautiful stained glass windows, sculptures, altars, and paintings from different eras. One of the most valuable works is the main altarpiece, made of alabaster by Damian Forment at the beginning of the 16th century. It depicts scenes from the life of Christ and Mary, as well as figures of saints and angels. The altarpiece is over 11 meters high and is considered a masterpiece of Aragonese Renaissance.

The Cathedral has three naves, of which the middle one is higher and wider than the side ones. In the presbytery, there are five apses, of which the largest is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Lord, the patron of the cathedral. In the transept, the chapel of St. Michael stands out, where the remains of King James I rest. Outside, the western facade has a richly decorated portal, which depicts scenes from the Apocalypse and the Last Judgment. Above the portal, there is a rose window with the motif of the Star of David, which symbolizes the connection between the Old and New Testament.

Huesca Cathedral is not only a place of worship but also a witness to the history and culture of the city. Important events took place within its walls, such as the coronation of Ferdinand I as King of Aragon in 1414, or the defense of the city against Napoleon’s troops in 1809. The Cathedral also houses the Diocesan Museum, which preserves valuable collections of sacred art, originating both from the cathedral itself and from other churches and monasteries of the diocese. Among the exhibits are sculptures, paintings, textiles, relics, books, and liturgical vessels.

Huesca Cathedral is open to visitors every day, except Mondays. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year and holidays. Admission costs 4 euros for adults and 2 euros for children, students, and seniors. There is the possibility of visiting with a guide or an audio guide. The Cathedral is also a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and other cultural events.

Huesca Cathedral is certainly one of the most beautiful and interesting monuments that you can see during your visit to this charming city.

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