Vic Cathedral

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Vic Cathedral
Catedral de San Pedro de Vich
Catedral de Sant Pere de Vic - 001.jpg
Vic Cathedral
Basic information
Location Vic, Spain
Affiliation Catholic Church
Country Spain
Architectural description
Architectural type church
Architectural style Romanesque, Gothic, Neoclassical
Groundbreaking 1781
Completed 1803
The cathedral from the river
groundplan

Vic Cathedral (Catalan: Catedral de Vic, Spanish: Catedral de Vich), officially the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle (Catalan: Catedral de Sant Pere Apòstol, Spanish: Catedral de San Pedro Apóstol) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Vic, Catalonia, Spain. It is the seat of the Diocese of Vic.[1]

It has a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassic styles.

A cathedral in Vic appears documented in the year 516, though it was destroyed during an Arab raid in 717-718. It was rebuilt in 886 when the count Wilfred the Hairy repopulated the area. It was remodeled by Abat Oliba in the 11th century in Romanesque style, building the same bell tower and crypt which are still standing nowadays. The crypt still has the preRomanesque capitals. The cloister dates from the 14th century and its built in Gothic style, while some chapels were built later in Baroque style.

Before 1787, the cathedral shared its importance with Church of Santa Maria la Rodona. It was located nearby the nowadays cathedral, but finally it was demolished to enlarge the one standing nowadays. With the reforms, the building was also rebuilt in neoclassic style, except the parts said before. However, most of the older pieces of cathedral, in Romanesque and Gothic style, were kept and can still be seen in Vic Episcopal Museum. The cathedral was damaged during the Spanish Civil War, and later it was restored.

The historic Catalan character Abat Oliba is buried inside the cathedral. The most relevant parts of the cathedral can be said to be the pre-Romanesque capitals, the Romanesque bell tower, crypt and rosette; and the Gothic cloister.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vic Cathedral (cathedral, Vic, Spain)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

Coordinates: 41°55′41″N 2°15′20″E / 41.92806°N 2.25556°E / 41.92806; 2.25556