Cathedral of Granada


The Cathedral of Granada, otherwise known as the Cathedral of the Incarnation, was finished being built in 1699. It took 181 years and several different architects to finish it. Unlike other buildings, this Cathedral had to await the approval of the Nasrid Kingdom's Muslim rulers before being constructed. The foundations were laid by the architect Egas starting from 1518 to 1523. By 1529, Egas was replaced by a new architect, Diego De Silo. Diego labored for around four decades from the ground to he cornice, planning the triforium, and five naves, while the usual building contains only three.The most unusual, however, was that he made a circular capilla mayor, instead of a semi-circular apse.

Originally, Phillip II of Spain planned for the cathedral to be the resting place for his father, Charles I, but instead he, and all Spanish kings after him, was entombed in El Escorial, near Madrid. The inside of the chapel displays statues of Isabella and Ferdinand and Adam and Eve, as well as paintings by several famous Spainish artists including El Greco.