In Granada . . . instead of Lunch: The Cathedral


The Cathedral of Granada, with it striking white interior, offers a bit of a hodgepodge of styles (Gothic and Renaissance predominate) and some would argue (as a colleague of mine once did) that it is not worth making the effort to see it when we will be seeing the cathedrals of Sevilla, Córdoba and (particularly) Toledo.

If you are a lover of history, however, you might consider a brief visit to see the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real), the burial place of Isabel of Castille, her husband Fernando of Aragon, their daughter Juana the Mad (briefly Queen of Castille and Aragon and as such the first queen of a unified Spain), her husband Felipe the Fair, and Isabel and Fernando’s young grandson Miguel de la Paz de Portugal, who, had he lived, would have become the first king of a unified Iberian peninsula. Their plain lead coffins, plainly visible inside the crypt, contrast with the opulence of the chapel in which they rest.

The Museum is worth visiting to see paintings by Rogier van der Weyden (a painter I adore), Hans Memling and a rare Botticelli.



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