Flavours of Spain
Guadix Cathedral - the building
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.
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.
The outer walls of the side aisles and ambulatory have some splendid baroque altars.
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.
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.
The two pulpits on either side of the Presbytery were carved by the same craftsman as the choir.
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.
The paintings round the walls of the apse illustrate the life of the Virgin from her birth and wedding to her Assumption.
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.
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.
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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