Flavours of Spain

Guadix - Part 3


Guadix Cathedral - the building


The cathedral is unusual as there isnít really a nave. At the heart is the Presbytery with the high altar and the choir. There is an ambulatory around the east end of the cathedral and side aisles. It is quite dark in much of the cathedral, making photography difficult.

The choir is enclosed off from the side aisles by a stone arcade. Above the south side is the organ.

Guadix Cathedral    Guadix Cathedral

At the west end is a lovely statue of white Carrera marble of Mary holding the dead body of Christ, a replica of a work by Michelangelo.

Guadix Cathedral

The outer walls of the side aisles and ambulatory have some splendid baroque altars.

Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral     Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral

The most impressive is that in the Chapel of San Torcuato. At the centre is a statue of San Torcuato, flanked by smaller statues of some of his fellow martyrs. The painting at the top is the baptism of St Luparia, one of the first of his converts. The silver reliquary box contains the remains of Bishop Medina Olmos and fellow martyrs from the Spanish Civil War. 

Guadix Cathedral

The choir stalls were carved in the C19th by a local craftsman from walnut wood. Many of the original images of saints were destroyed during Spanish Civil War. Set above the stalls is a carving of San Torcuato.

Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral

The two pulpits on either side of the Presbytery were carved by the same craftsman as the choir. 

Guadix Cathedral

The presbytery is the shape of an apse with a cupola over the crossing throwing light down onto the marble high altar. This is in stark contrast to the stone ribbed ceiling of the choir and side aisles.

Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral

The paintings round the walls of the apse illustrate the life of the Virgin from her birth and wedding to her Assumption.

Guadix Cathedral

Guadix Cathedral

The sacristy is off the south aisle and is where all the cathedral vessels and robes are kept. It has a beautiful silver host box and candles sticks.

Guadix Cathedral

Also off the south aisle is the confessional area with several wooden confessionals and an illuminated picture of Christ with the inscription Jesus, I trust you.

Guadix Cathedral

The Cathedral is open daily from 10.30-2 and 4.30-6, staying open a bit later in the summer. The entry fee of Ä5 also includes the museum.

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