Granada contains many notable architectural and artistic monuments. The city is the see of an archbishop, and it is dotted with fine Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical churches, convents, monasteries, hospitals, palaces, and mansions.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Granada. As is the case of most Christian buildings in Granada, the Cathedral was built on the site of a former Mosque. Work on the Cathedral began on the 15th of March, 1523, and it was not completed until 1704, as construction came to a halt during the Plague.
History of the Cathedral of Granada
After the conquest of the city of Granada and the great triumph of Christianity the construction of the Cathedral was not immediate. Granada had been under siege for many years and there were not enough funds to start construction. On top of that, wars in other locations diverted the attention of the Spanish rulers onto other projects.
In 1492, a papal bull authorised the construction of the foundation. From this moment, the episcopal church occupied other buildings of the city, like the Royal Mosque, two Franciscan Monasteries and the Great Mosque in the centre of Granada. It was not until 1523 (31 years after the conquest) that the Cathedral was to be constructed and was not finished until 1704 (181 years of construction). During almost two centuries of construction, the building went under numerous alterations. The most controversial was the change from a Gothic layout to a Renaissance elevation.
The architect Diego de Siloé was in charge of the work until his death in 1563. He had 17 successor architects to continue the work, hence there were numerous changes in style. The only master builder that could match Siloé’s expertise was Alonso Cano.
Granada Cathedral Admission Prices
General admission, individual or groups: 5 euros (audioguide included).
Students: 3,5 euros.
Children under 12 and disabled people: free entry.
Groups of students from Granada and the province of Granada (request by fax): free (without audioguide).
Where to buy tickets
You can buy tickets directly at the ticket office of the Granada Cathedral.
From Monday to Saturday: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address and Location of La Encarnacion, Granada Cathedral
Address: Gran Vía de Colon 5, 18001. Phone: 958 222 959. Fax 958 225 488
Granada Cathedral is located in the center of the city, between Oficios, Carcel, Plaza de las Pasiegas y la Gran Vía de Colón streets near some of the most important buildings of the Arbic era: Madraza, Banuelo, la Alcaiceria, etc.