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Cathedral of Calahorra

The Cathedral of Santa María de Calahorra, located in La Rioja, Spain, is a majestic building of Gothic style, although it presents a mixture of styles due to its extensive construction process that began in the 15th century. The temple, dedicated to the Martyr Saints Emeterio and Celedonio, has a Latin cross structure and three naves, the central one being wider and higher. Its main chapel, built on the site of the martyrdom of the patron saints of the city, and its main façade in baroque style stand out. In addition, the cathedral houses a variety of chapels, each with its own style and decoration, such as the chapel of the Child Jesus and the chapel of the Virgin of Pilar.

The history and construction of the cathedral dates back to the 4th century, when the Holy Martyrs were worshipped in a baptistery in the “Arenal”. Over the centuries, the building has undergone several extensions and renovations, giving rise to a combination of architectural styles. The works carried out between the XVII and XVIII centuries, under the influence of the archdeacon Juan Miguel Mortela, who left a significant mark on the aesthetics and organization of the temple, stand out. Currently, the cathedral is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest and houses a Diocesan Museum with pieces of great historical and artistic interest, such as a 12th century bible and the 15th century Custody of the Cypress.


  • Address
    C. de la Mediavilla, 69, Calahorra, La Rioja
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Winter: From 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00. Summer: From 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00.
  • What to see
    Gothic cathedral and Museum

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