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Cathedral of Jaca
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Jaca
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This was Spain's first Romanesque cathedral.
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

A clear reference of all the arquitectonic styles of the area, the cathedral took many years to be done so you can se a mix and influences of all the arquitects and styles that influenced Jaca and Aragon in the Medieval Ages.

Date of experience: February 2017
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"romanesque art"
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"well worth a visit"
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"guided tour"
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Reviewed January 15, 2017

It is worth visiting this very old and surprisingly small cathedral. The main problem is that most of the interior is in darkness unless someone pays €1 to turn on the lights and then only a small area is lit up.
It is interesting both inside and out but is not one that has sufficient to necessitate a long visit, 30-45 minutes should suffice,

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed August 17, 2016

I have been already thinking, that the cathedral must be extremely high, big and robust, but the Jaca one is nearly to miss it. It was constructed in 11 century and with Loarre Castle can give quite unexpected positive surprise of Romanesque architecture. The Alabaster in the windows, extremely good conditions. You can miss some monks only, to fulfil the impression of travel across the times till 11th century :)

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

Being 10th C in these parts, this cathedral was used as a model for many others. Romanesque basically means that the arches are semi-circular, so walls are massive to support the weight - the kind of thing you see in Norman castles in England. This cathedral has later additions, which are Gothic - pointy arches - which are often more delicate as they can support more weight or are used to support smaller chapels - the alcoves here. So it's a massive structure - larger on the inside than the outside suggests - important and worth tracking down - but dark and foreboding unless someone pays the 1E to switch the lights on - worth hanging around for that!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 12, 2016

This is one of the oldest Romanesque cathedrals in Spain. Yet, only parts of the current structure are the original since additions were made throughout the centuries all the way to the 18th. so many styles can be detected in regular visit, good for educational purposes of European church design. To get the benefit of a visit placing an euro in the box provides several minutes of illumination. The adjacent museum claims to be good but, like many museums closes too early in the afternoon. Outside the cathedral is one of the social centers of life in town with plenty of restaurants and tapas bars.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank martinezcm
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