Alcalá de Henares Cathedral

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Cathedral of St Justus and St Pastor in Alcalá de Henares
Native name
Spanish: Catedral de los Santos Niños Justo y Pastor de Alcalá de Henares
Alcalá de Henares (RPS 09-12-2012) Catedral Magistral de los Santos Justo y Pastor.png
Location Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Coordinates 40°28′50″N 3°22′09″W / 40.480525°N 3.369258°W / 40.480525; -3.369258Coordinates: 40°28′50″N 3°22′09″W / 40.480525°N 3.369258°W / 40.480525; -3.369258
Architectural style(s) church
Governing body Roman Catholic Church
Official name: Catedral de los Santos Niños Justo y Pastor de Alcalá de Henares
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 1904
Reference no. RI-51-0000085
Alcalá de Henares Cathedral is located in Spain
Alcalá de Henares Cathedral
Location of Cathedral of St Justus and St Pastor in Alcalá de Henares in Spain

The Cathedral of St Justus and St Pastor in Alcalá de Henares (Spanish: Catedral de los Santos Niños Justo y Pastor de Alcalá de Henares) is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1904.[citation needed]

The Carrillo archbishop (1446-1482), elevated the church to the rank of collegiate church. At the time of Cardinal Cisneros (1495-1517) he was awarded the title of "Master" and the current building was designed, constructed between 1497 and 1515 in late Gothic style typical of this stage. The tower was built between 1528 and 1582.

In 1904 the Cathedral was declared a National Monument. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) the church was burned losing virtually all its treasures, saving some bars and some chairs from the old choir. In 1991 the diocese of Alcalá restored and elevated to the status of cathedral-master, the Diocese Complutense recovering that which was from the 5th century until 1099.

Exterior[edit]

The exterior of the Cathedral is simple and austere. The walls are covered by molding type Segovia. They emphasize the cover of the western facade of Flamboyant Gothic style, in which central medallion depicted on Saint Ildefonso; and the tower, designed by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón and Rodrigo Argüello, in herrerian style, with a height of 62.05 meters. Top is a beautiful spire tower slate.

The cathedral has a severe seventeenth century cloister arches between pilasters. Soils appear covered by Renaissance carpets from nearby convents. In one of the walls the grave of Cardinal Cisneros remains.

Interior[edit]

The building's interior is divided into three naves covered by cross vaults resting on pillars fasciculados. The overall shape of the building resembles the traditional Latin cross with marked transept. The entire building suffered much in that fire, and countless works of art and objects of great historical, devotional and sentimental value were lost. Today the cathedral houses apart from its religious functions, an interpretive center and the Cathedral Museum.

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