Cloister and bell tower of the cathedral of Girona | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
Cloister and bell tower of the cathedral of Girona Romanesque survivors
The imposing building of the cathedral of Girona hides numerous Romanesque treasures.  Constructed in the Romanesque style, the cathedral was first consecrated in 1038. As was the case with the majority of religious buildings it was overlaid with other styles during different constructive stages.

To find the traits of Romanesque architecture we must visit the cloister and from there, look to the ancient bell tower, also known as the “Tower of Charlemagne”. Nor can we leave the building without taking a look at what is known as the “Treasure of the cathedral”, where we find the magnificent Tapestry of Creation.

Dating to the second half of the 12th century, the cloister of the cathedral of Girona is one of the most interesting of the Catalan Romanesque style given its sculptural richness. We find high-quality sculptures in its 122 capitals and in the decorated friezes that encircle the pillars. The sculpted stone displays historiographical scenes from the Old and New Testament, isolated scenes with humans and animals, and finally, purely decorative flora and geometric motifs. Amongst the most prominent representations, we can take note of the Anastasis or the descent of Christ into Hell, in the southern gallery, or many episodes dedicated to Noah and of the Flood, in the western gallery.

The other Romanesque architectural element found in the cathedral of Girona is the ancient 11th century bell tower. It can be compared in significance to that of Sant Miquel de Cuixà and Sant Pere de Vic. Originally sporting a square floor plan and seven floors in height, it presented all of the elements of Lombard bell towers of the 11th century: pilasters, blind arches, and saw tooth friezes as the decorative elements, along with double windows (two per floor) with semi-circular aches. Built in two phases, the third floor features arches and friezes made of black volcanic rock that distinguishes them.

The Tapestry of Creation is an almost one-of-a-kind piece in the world only equalled in artistic and historic value by the Tapestry of Bayeux (11th century). This medieval "portrait” of Creation illustrates the origin of the sky and of the earth as they were conceived in the end of the 11th century. As the Tapestry of Creation doesn't appear in any cloth inventories that were made in the Cathedral of Girona, its origin is not known for certain. Nevertheless, it seems certain that 12 square meters religious decorative scarf was made in Girona at the end of the 11th century in an embroidery workshop using Needle painting. Nowadays the Tapestry of Creation, together with the Beat of Girona, is one of the most notable elements of the Treasure collection.
 
The Cathedral of Girona is part of the ‘Romanesque weekend: from Montseny to Garrotxa’ getaway.




Authors of the photographs: Bob Masters and Josep Giribet.

Plan your visit

What can I do?
  • Learn all the details of the Girona Cathedral with the cultural visit to the Nave, the Treasury, the Cloister and the Basilica of Sant Feliu.
  • Primary and secondary school students can discover the cathedral through the educational activities' We discovered the Cathedral ',' The glassmaker of the Cathedral ',' Romanesque and Gothic art: painting, sculpture and architecture 'and' Symbology religious'.
Services
Accessibility
Timetables
July and August
From 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

November to March
From 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The rest of the year
From 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
 
January 1 and 6, Good Friday and December 25: closed
 
Worship Schedules
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Prices
General: € 7
Reduced: € 5

They are entitled to the reduced rate:
  • Retired people
  • Students
  • Children under 16 years (price: € 1.20)

They have the right to free access:
  • Children under 7 years old
  • Natives / residents in Girona
  • The educational centers of the Diocese or the province of Girona have free admission to the Cathedral. To make this gratuity effective it is necessary to make the previous reservation.

Special cases:
  • Group visits (minimum, ten people): € 3.50 / person
  • School groups (children under 16 years old): € 1.20 / person
Contact
Catedral de Girona
Plaza de la Catedral, s/n
17004 Girona
Tel. (+34) 972427189
visites@catedraldegirona.cat
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