The Burgos Cathedral

Our Lady of Burgos, or Burgos Cathedral, was begun in the 13th century, around the same time as the great cathedrals of the Ile-de-France; it was completed in the 15th -16th century. The last works of importance were built in the 18th century, in which the main facade was modified.

This Cathedral is a comprehensive example of the evolution of the Gothic style, with the entire history of Gothic art exhibited in its superb architecture and unique collection of art, including paintings, choir stalls, reredos, tombs, and stained-glass windows. Although the main style is the Gothic, it has several decorative Renaissance and Baroque elements as well.

It played an important role in the diffusion of the French Gothic art in Spain. The internationally important Cathedral’s workshops in the 15th -16th century, where artists from the Rhineland, Burgundy, and Flanders, they were trained Spanish architects and sculptors and created one of the most flourishing schools in the end of the Middle Ages.

The property contains all key attributes to express its Outstanding Universal Value. The monument has been maintained as an integral Gothic cathedral, with chapels, cloister, and annexes; and is an extraordinary summary of European Gothic influences, which can be admired in every component of the structure, from the facades and chapels to the stained-glass windows and sculptures. This Cathedral retains all the key features of authenticity in respect to location, materials, form, and design.

The Burgos Cathedral is the main Spanish Gothic temple, and without a doubt, one of the great monuments you will find on the Camino de Santiago. It was declared National Heritage in Spain in 1885, and World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. It is also the only Spanish cathedral with this distinction of UNESCO.

Do not forget to visit it during your Camino adventure.

Buen Camino!

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