An artistic visit to the Cathedral of Tarazona

It’s time to access the main nave of the cathedral. You’ll unequivocally notice the Gothic structure particularly in the head but you see it decorated with a mix of architectural styles. From the Gothic to the Baroque through the Moorish and Renaissance. It is certainly at the top where it has the largest architectural wealth, to the point that the vault of the Chapel is known as the Sistine Chapel of Aragon. Inside the cathedral are arranged three naves at the central higher elevations. Large Gothic columns like the walls are painted with a light gray tone. But you’ll also find places with Gothic paintings.

Tarazona Town

Tarazona Town

Catedral de Tarazona

Catedral de Tarazona

The roofs of the nave and transept will call attention to their starry vaults. The chapel altar piece shows a large sculpture of 1619 which replaced the original medieval style. This is in the area of ambulatory to emphasize the artistic value of the enormous Gothic altarpiece painted in 1408 by Juan de Levi that you’ll see in one of the chapels. The Chapel of St. Andrew, an addition after the ambulatory, in the seventeenth century of Baroque style was changed producing a striking contrast to the rest of the building. In contrast, the great Moorish dome is one of the highlights of the cathedral. Construction began in 1543 to replace the old skylight which was in bad shape. Be sure to look out for the vast Renaissance style interior decor including paintings of 1580.

Catedral de Tarazona gloomy

Catedral de Tarazona gloomy

Catedral de Tarazona interior

Catedral de Tarazona interior

Another corner that you want to highlight is the imposing pulpit located in the central nave facing the choir. Yes, on your tour of the cathedral you will see that most of the chapels surrounding the nave are closed pending restoration. For its part, the choir stalls and will not be a corner you go to call special attention. And as for the choir, in the seventeenth century it held another added baroque decoration. Visiting hours of the Cathedral of Tarazona in high season are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 to 14 and from 16 to 19 hours. On Sundays you can visit from 10 to 14 hours and 16-18 hours in the morning.

Catedral de Tarazona ceiling

Catedral de Tarazona ceiling

Cathedral of Tarazona photos: Gonzalo Iza, pedro ducar, Abariltur.

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