Cathedral of Burgos

Cathedral of Burgos / PAB.
Location:

Plaza de Santa María s/n. Burgos

Phone:

947 204 712 (Turismo Catedral)

In 1075 the king of Leon and Castille Alfonso VI transferred the episcopal seat of Gamonal to Burgos. There was built a Romanesque church that, in the thirteenth century, would be replaced by the current cathedral, which began to be built on 1221, July the 20th, being King Ferdinand III. The works went on for several centuries, although his personality is fundamentally Gothic. The cathedral has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. Among its many artistic attractions, you can find the gothic gates of Sarmental and Coronería (13th century) and the needles of Juan de Colonia (15th century) and, in the inside, the Golden Staircase (la Escalera Dorada, a Renaissance work of Diego de Siloé, 15th century), the Chapel of the Condestables, or its fabulous dome (work of John of Cologne in the fifteenth century).

Precisely under the dome, in the central nave, under a simple gravestone, are the mortal remains of El Cid and his wife Jimena. The cathedral also houses other cidian references, some of which are legendary, -such as the ark of sand which appears in the Cantar, where Don Rodrigo deceived the Jews of Burgos to obtain capital to keep their troops on the way to the Exile-, and other historical ones, like the Letter of Arras (marriage money contract) of 1074 in which Rodrigo and Jimena gave themselves different properties on the occasion of their marriage. Also The Song of El Cid locates in the outside the place where Rodrigo, after entering Burgos coming from Vivar, kneels to ask for strength to the Virgin before leaving for the exile, crossing the Arch of Santa Maria.

Visit: with ticket (there are guided visits).

ALC: 10.08.18

  • The Arlanzon River as it passes through the city of Burgos / ALC.
  • Cathedral of Burgos / PAB.
  • A view of the cathedral of Burgos from the gate of Santa María  / ALC.
  • The gothic Cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Cathedral of Burgos: Puerta del Sarmental, with the image of a Pantocrator surrounded by the apostles and evangelists / ALC.
  • Escalera Dorada (Golden Stairway) in the gothic cathedral of  Burgos / ALC.
  • The dome of the gothic cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Tomb of el Cid and his wife Ximena, in the inside of  the Cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Partial view of the magnificent High Constables of Castile chapel, in the Catedral of Burgos, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO / ALC.
  • Artistic treasures inside the Burgos cathedral / Blas Carrión.
  • Chapel of the High Constables of Castile in the gothic Cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Tomb of the High Constables of Castile, in the Cathedral of Burgos, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO / ALC.
  • Tombs of the High Constables of Castile in the gothic Cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Chest of el Cid, mentioned in 'The Song of el Cid', in the cathedral of Burgos / ALC.
  • Gothic rosette, facade of Santa María, cathedral of Burgos / ALC.