The Old Cathedral of Lleida

 Visit the old cathedral of Lerida, consecrated to Santa Maria. The Seo of Lleida.
Photography: carlesm
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.
Highlights
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.
Contact
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Contact
Address: Seu Vella hill - Lleida 25002
Tel.: +34 973 230 653
Fax: +34 973 230 653
Timetable
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Timetable
Winter season (October - April)
From Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 1.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday and holidays: 10am to 3pm
Summer season (May - September)
From Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am to 7.30pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am to 3pm
Closed: Mondays not public holidays, 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 5 €
Reduced admission (over 65, retirees, 7 - 18 years old, teachers, groups of more than 25 people): 4 €
Under 7, groups of schoolchildren accompanied by teachers, disabled persons, unemployed persons, single parent and large families: Free admission
The first Tuesday of each month, May 11 and September 29: Free admission
Public transport
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Public transport
Bus. L1, L2, L3, L5, L7, L8, L10, L11 and L20 lines of urban buses.
Location
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Location
GPS: 41°37'04.8"N 0°37'36.6"E / 41.618001, 0.626826
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