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It's time for another church post. I showed the Southern face of this cathedral two weeks ago, now I present you the main façade. It's not easy to photograph, because it stands on the top of a steep staircase and it's quite high.

WS 1 - Image before perspective correction.

WS 2 - Another view of the tower.

The rest of the note is copied from my earlier post.

About the church:

Most of the actual building is Gothic and dates from th 14th and 15th centuries, when the existing Romanesque cathedral built in the early 11th century underwent a major renovation. The cloister and the tower are still from the 11th century. The Romanesque church replaced the existing mosque (Muslim Moors occupied the city for most of the 8th century and on several occasions after that until 1015). In turn, that mosque occupied the place of an older church - the first see of Girona was erected here in 247. There were other construction works, namely of the main façade, which is from the 18th century, and some stained glasses of the 20th century.

Its interior is quite unique because, contrarily to other large churches, it has only one nave, which is the widest Gothic nave in the world, with its 23 meters (75.4 ft), and the second widest nave in the world after St. Peter's in Rome, which is 25 meters (82 ft) wide. It also houses one of the few existing Romanesque rugs, known as the Tapís de la Creació (Tapestry of the Creation), which is actually an embroidery and not a tapestry. It was made probably in the 11th century and it was used as baldachin. It measures 3.65 by 4.7 meters (12 x 15.4 ft).

Link to all my posts of Girona: ***

Location (latitude, longitude): 41.98735,2.82516 (the link points to an interesting feature of Microsoft Maps / Live Search).

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