Burgos Cathedral :: Burgos, Spain
Built during the early 12th century, Burgos Cathedral in Burgos, Spain is famous for its massive size and amazing Gothic architecture. Construction began on the cathedral on the orders of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Mauricio, Bishop of Burgos on July 20, 1221. After a hiatus of nearly 200 years work resumed on the cathedral toward the middle of the 15th century and continued for more than 100 years. It wasn’t fully completed until 1567, three years after the death of Michelangelo, when the lantern spire over the main crossing was added. In 1919, Burgos Cathedral became the final resting place of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (El Cid), a Castilian nobleman, military leader and diplomat who after being exiled, captured and ruled the city of Valencia in 1094.
Be sure to take a peek at the Chapel of the Condestable, it’s glitzy Gothic style is loaded with intricately decorated patters in the windows, knights, angels and much more. Burgos Cathedral is free to all visitors. If you wish to take in the Chapels, cloisters and treasury tickets are available for about $5 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors, $3.25 for students and $1.25 for children 7-14. The cathedral is open daily, during the summer from 9:30am to 7:15pm, spring and fall from 9:30am to 1:15pm and 4pm to 7:15pm and in the winter time from 10am to 1:15pm and 4pm to 6:45pm.
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