Baeza Cathedral – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin of Baeza

Baeza Cathedral – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin of Baeza. Stunning Gothic Renaissance architecture.  What began as a Roman temple, then later a mosque, began its current life in the reign of Ferdinand III when it converted to Christianity under the advocacy of San Isidoro.



Baeza Cathedral – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin of Baeza

Baeza Cathedral - The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin of Baeza
Baeza Cathedral – The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin of Baeza


A Little History about the Cathedral of Baeza

It was the cathedral episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baeza, which has a Visigothic period, was suppressed after some time under Moorish rule and was shortly restored after the Reconquista under the Kingdom of Castile in the thirteenth century, but suppressed for good, never again to regain (co-)cathedral status.  That’s a long sentence.

The site of the cathedral along with the land around it, alternated between mosque and church during 12th and 13th centuries. The church apse still maintains Gothic tracery, but in the 16th-century a major reconstruction by Andrés de Vandelvira in Renaissance-style created the present-day church. The construction of the cathedral finally ended in 1593, shortly after the death of Andrés de Vandelvira.

The church forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with other monuments in Baeza and in the nearby city of Úbeda. The cathedral was one of 100 nominees to be voted as the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007. It’s also listed among the Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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