As Granada was conquered by Spanish troops from the Moors in 1492, one of the Christian invaders primary targets was a restructure of the city from its Islamic past.The large Mosque in the middle of the city was demolished and construction of a grand cathedral was started in 1518.
A number of architects followed on from Egas' original design and this can be seen in multiple additions in different styles ranging from the initial gothic design through to the Baroque style that dominates the exterior. The numerous changes over time meant that the design was significantly diminished with much shorter towers and main cupola than initially planned.
The interior of this Cathedral is very much two-fold. The bulk of the space is very sparsely decorated with white-washed walls and a multitude of columns opening up a vast space. The pues are somewhat spartan and there is a distinct lack of typically catholic gold and marble.
All this is more than made up for by the grand Altar with an extravagant surround and delicate marble columns. Statues of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel make for a beautiful centrepiece and light streams down from the tiers of windows above.
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Entry to Granada Cathedral
Gran Vía de Colón, 5