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6 Beautiful Churches to Visit in Spain

Updated on July 22, 2019
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I am a traveller. Bit by the travel bug. Love to explore the world. Wandering to learn about new cultures.

Spain is a country full of catholic history, ancient artifacts, marvellous cathedrals and churches. From thousands of years, these churches have been a place of worship and all the ancient catholic beliefs are being followed by people till this age. People have both loved and feared these beliefs throughout the years and yet here we are with all these beautiful churches that holds our history. The Churches have witnessed some of the most tragic and revolutionary moments that has contributed to life as we all see it.

Today, they are not only survivors of our past but also the stunning work of art which reminds us about our ancestral history. It’s hard to mention all the churches here, as each of them holds a lot of things to write about, so I have selected a few which i liked the most.

Read on about 6 Beautiful churches in Spain……


1. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

La sagrada or The Basilica of the Holy Family is one of the most famous churches in the entire world and is certainly the most famous tourist spot of the beautiful city, Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi, which was a famous Catalan architect and had created many masterpieces known throughout the history. Gaudi constructed the church with his unique style of Nouveau and Gothic art. When you enter through the church gate, you can clearly see the mysterious and sensational exterior design, with all the colors, lights and pillars built like a huge forest.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The construction of the church was started back in 1882 and is still not complete. It is expected to be finished in 2026 on the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Every year lakhs of tourists visit this place which makes it quite difficult to explore it your own. So before visiting make sure to book your tickets and tour to avoid all the crowds and queues and enjoy the beauty without worrying about these things. :)

2. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

It is one the greatest architectural church of Spain which played a major role in Europe during the Middle Ages. There is a little story behind the construction of this cathedral. It is said that the relics of the apostle James was brought from Jerusalem by a boat of “Angels” to this place, which were discovered a few centuries later by a hermit named "Pelagius". The place initially became a sacred seat where a small church was built and was later turned into the Cathedral we can see now. The Cathedral was built in Baroque style and has attracted lots of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Go see by yourself if all these stories are true or not. ;)


Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

3. Seville Cathedral, Seville

Also known as the “Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Sea,” Seville cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world which surpasses the expectations of visitors. The cathedral was completed early in the 16th century and is an architectural marvel full of glory. It lies in the middle of the city, Seville. The Church is also the burial site for Christopher Columbus. Some of Catholics used to say that “the church was built so beautiful and grand that those who will see it finished, will think that we are mad.” And they are right enough as the beauty of the church looks unreal.


Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Sea,Seville
Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Sea,Seville

4. San Jerónimo el Real, Madrid

Saint Jerome the Royal (in english) or simply known as Los Jerónimos is a Roman catholic church constructed in the 16th century in Central Madrid. Today, it is the part of Madrid's El Prado Museum after an era of reconstruction, remodeling and restoration. It is the remaining part of Monastery of “The Order of Saint Jerome.” It portrays the late Gothic and Renaissance architectural style of Madrid. With all the charm, evolution and mystery it holds, it is one of the must visit Church of Spain.


San Jerónimo el Real, Madrid
San Jerónimo el Real, Madrid

5. Toledo Cathedral, Toledo

The construction of the Cathedral was started in early 13th century by Ferdinand III of Ca stile and was completed two centuries later. It was built with white limestone which is famous for the stream of light that comes through the open vaults and gives the whole place an outer worldly appearance. It is hard to deny those fairy tales that surrounds the church by looking at its Gothic style architecture. It also houses an incredible collection of stones and treasures which are very precious. You should definitely see these treasures which will give you the historical evidence of ancient wealth. No no...you can't take anything if you are thinking so **tease emote**


Toledo Cathedral, Toledo
Toledo Cathedral, Toledo

6. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos, Burgos

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a Catholic church located in the center of the Burgos city,Spain. Its official name is “Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María de Burgos.” It was also commissioned in 13th century by King Ferdinand III of Castile and was completed in the 16th century. The building comprises of octagonal spires with dozens of stonework and sculptures.It is a symbol of Gothic architecture that will hold your site with its charm and delicacy.


The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos, Burgos
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos, Burgos

There are much to these places which you will know when you visit them. Don’t forget to write me about your experiences. :)


Share your views below in the comments….


© 2019 Akshay Kumar

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    • akshayraven profile imageAUTHOR

      Akshay Kumar 

      8 months ago from spain

      Thanks for your comment Ronald Piper :)

      Yes, you can go inside these Churches and can stay inside as long as you want to.

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      Ronald Piper 

      8 months ago

      I love gothic architecture. When I get to Spain, I will be taking a look at these churches. Are you able to go inside of them?

    • akshayraven profile imageAUTHOR

      Akshay Kumar 

      8 months ago from spain

      Thanks for your comment Liz Westwood :)

      I agree with you totally. Sagrada Familia is something out of this world. It is so beautiful that you can't take your eyes off.

      Happy to hear that and please do tell me how other places will be, in case you are gonna go :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      9 months ago from UK

      I have visited Sagrada Familia. There is no other building that I can compare with it. It is a stunning architectural wonder. Seville cathedral wasan interesting place to visit. I have added the others to my list of places to see in the future.

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