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Old Cathedral of Lleida

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General view of Seu Vella in Lleida. Photo by Hermínia Sirvent
The ancient cathedral of Santa Maria, known as the Seu Vella, is the most prominent building at the monumental complex that carries its name, located on the hill known as Turó de Lleida that dominates the city and the plain of Segrià. Considered as a symbol of the city of Lleida, the Seu Vella is a unique monument for of its artistic, historical and landscape value.

Initiated in 1203 by Pere Sa Coma, the first master builder, consecrated in 1278 and finished in the 15th century, the Seu Vella is a combination of late Romanesque and Gothic. In the early 18th century was closed to worship and transformed into military barracks, being replaced like episcopal see by a new cathedral.


✔ The impressive cloister with a rectangular ground plan and of huge dimensions, considered like one of the largest in the European Gothic architecture. It is located in front of the main facade of the basilica, quite unusual.
✔ The magnificent Fillols Gate, for a long time the main entrance of the cathedral.
✔ The interior of the cathedral, symmetrical and very bright, with a basilica floor plan of Latin cross with three naves, crossing with octogonal dome and transept with five apses.
✔ The sculptural decoration. The capitals of the columns of the church and cloister and the windows show a great variety of decorative themes.
✔ The Apostles' Gate (14th - 15th centuries), Gothic style, located in the center of the western facade of the cloister. It is the main entrance to the cathedral complex.
✔ The Anunciata Gate, considered the starting point of the Romanesque School of Lleida.
✔ The Sant Berenguer Gate, 12th century, sober and austere.
✔ The chapels and tombs, built by illustrious families or prominent members of the clergy.
✔ The octagonal bell tower, built in the 14th-15th centuries, 60 meters height. A spiral staircase allows to reach the terrace.

Turó de la Seu Vella
Lleida 25002
Tel.: +34 973 230 653
Opening times
Winter season (October - April)
Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 1.30pm and 3pm – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am – 3pm
Summer season (May - September)
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 2pm and 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am – 3pm
Closed: Mondays (except holiday eves and Monday holidays), January 1 and 6, December 25 and 26.
General admission: 6 €
Reduced admission: 5 €
Free admission: children under 7 years of age, groups of schoolchildren accompanied by teachers, disabled people, unemployed, holders of a large or single-parent family card, pilgrims, clerics and nuns.
Free entry days: local festivities in Lleida (May 11 and September 29), Catalonia's national day (September 11), the first Tuesday of each month.
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