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Ruins of Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral

Calle Aire
30202 -Cartagena-

Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena After a long history, this cathedral is currently a mixture of archaeological remains from different periods
Santa Maria la Vieja has traditionally been considered the cathedral of Cartagena, founded by the apostle Saint Jacob halfway through the first century AC, although the truth is that the exact date when it was built is unknown. The cathedral, reconstructed in the eighth century after the city was reconquered by the King Alfonso X, was part of the Monte de la Concepción defensive enclosure.
 
Some of the main reforms undertaken at the church were as follows:
  • Around 1571, Juan Bautista Antonelli built the Cuatro Santos chapel, which had a Greek cross floor plan, was crowned with ball cup vaults, and housed the image of Our Lady of Rosell, former patron saint of the city.
  • In 1691, Pedro de Colón y Portugal, Duke of Veragua, built the Cristo del Socorro chapel, which had a rectangular floor plan and a dome on pendentives decorated with stucco and plasterwork.
  • In 1902 a Neo-Roman reconstruction was undertaken by the architect Victor Beltrí. During the Spanish Civil War, the temple was bombed and practically destroyed, although inside there are still some original parts such as the Roman strong wall, the top part of the bleachers and some of their perimeter structures. There is also an underground crypt containing a 1st century AC Roman mosaic found in 1877.
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Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena
Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena
Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena
Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena
Santa Maria la Vieja Cathedral in Cartagena

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