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Granada Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Incarnation
Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de la Encarnación
Facade of the Cathedral
Basic information
Location Granada, Spain
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rite Roman
District Archdiocese of Granada
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Renaissance, Baroque
Completed 1561

Granada Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Spanish: Catedral de Granada, Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de la Encarnación de Granada) is the cathedral in the city of Granada, capital of the province of the same name in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia, Spain. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Granada.

History

Inner view.

Unlike most cathedrals in Spain, construction of this cathedral had to await the acquisition of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada from its Muslim rulers in 1492; while its very early plans had Gothic designs, such as are evident in the Royal Chapel of Granada by Enrique Egas, the construction of the church in the main occurred at a time when Spanish Renaissance designs were supplanting the Gothic regnant in Spanish architecture of prior centuries. Foundations for the church were laid by the architect Egas starting from 1518 to 1523 atop the site of the city's main mosque; by 1529, Egas was replaced by Diego de Siloé who labored for nearly four decades on the structure from ground to cornice, planning the triforium and five naves instead of the usual three. Most unusually, he created a circular capilla mayor rather than a semicircular apse, perhaps inspired by

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