Cathedral of Valencia: the Apse, Apostles Door (north transept) and Miguelete--page 2 (of 5 pages)


begun at the end of the 13th century; construction continued for centuries and thus the mixture of styles--from the early Romanesque, to Renaissance, to Baroque and Neoclassical.



The apse end with galleries facing the Plaza de la Virgen; Apostles Door

The former entrance for the earlier mosque

This cathedral was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque.
 

The transept with crossing tower. See interior.

 

Apostles and other religious figures under the filigreed archivolts; Tympanum with Mary and adoring, musical angels

 

Octagonal bell tower

"In 1381, Andreu Juliá started building this representative monument of Valencia. During many centuries it was called “Campanar Nou” (New Bell Tower) or “Campanar de la Catedral” (Cathedral Bell Tower) so as to differentiate it from “Campanar Vell” (Old Bell Tower), a Romanesque square tower situated on Barxilla Street, where one can see a few wall remains. After Juliá, the following architects were Josep Franch and Pere Balaguer. Little by little, due to the big clock bell, the name “Torre del Miguelete” (The Miguelete Tower) replaced the former one" (official cathedral website).




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