This beautiful cathedral gothic It is located at the highest point in the city. The 90 steps of stairway baroque that lead to it give it its own identity stamp. Although said staircase belongs to the XVII centurySaving such a significant gap has always been a challenge since the first Roman temple was built.
Consecrated to Santa Maria, several centuries were invested in its construction that resulted in an impressive Gothic cathedral inside and baroque abroad.
From its origins Romanesque, only the cloister of the XII century and the tower of the year 1040, which is attached to the facade. Through a spiral staircase, inside the tower, you can access the bell tower from which the panoramic view of the city becomes an exclusive privilege of the cathedral.
Outside the temple, the north part is presided over by the portico of San Miguel, in the Gothic style, while in the south the portico of the Apostles (14th century) forms the decoration of the facade.
Both the church and the cloister have a wide repertoire of funerary art, among which are the tombs of counts, members of royal families, artists, architects and important figures. Some of them, exquisitely decorated, are authentic works of art.
Despite the fact that, initially, three ships were projected, finally only one was built which, due to its dimensions (22.98 meters), it is the widest Gothic nave in the world. If we include all the styles, it would continue in width to that of Saint Peter in the Vatican (25 meters).
The angel of the tower
Crowning the cathedral tower you can see the figure of an angel who, at first, had his eyes covered with a blindfold, symbolizing the Faith. However, after restoring it, a head was placed without blindfolds, since from the This detail could not be seen on the ground.
It is a gargoyle whose purpose was conceived to dislodge rainwater. However, the legend is more curious because it tells us of a woman who dedicated herself to the arts of witchcraft and demonstrated her hatred towards religion by throwing stones at the cathedral. As divine punishment she was turned into stone and placed in the temple so that water would come out of her mouth instead of curses.
Girona, The Cathedral, Catalonia - Spain 4K Travel Channel (July 2021)
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