Cathedral of Zamora
Located in the highest part of the town, overlooking the River Douro, the Cathedral of Zamora was built between 1135 and 1159 on the initiative of Alfonso VII of Castile and Leon.
Calle de la Puerta del Obispado, 2
1 March to 30 September: Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
1 October to 28 February: Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 18:30
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The speed with which the cathedral was constructed led to a uniform architectural style. As a result, it is a splendidly severe and meticulously constructed Romanesque building reminiscent of the Cistercian architectural style. It has a Latin-cross floor plan, with a short transept, three aisles of four bays and three apses that were replaced by Gothic apses in the 16th century. Of the three original doorways, only the one called the Bishop’s Doorway has been preserved in its entirety. The tower of San Salvador dates from the 13th century and the cloister is Herrerian (16th-17th centuries).
Particularly noteworthy is the magnificent dome-tower above the central transept (1152-1207). Its fluted dome (built on a tholobate and pendentives) and four turrets, inspired by Byzantine and Norman styles, were the inspiration for the Old Cathedral of Salamanca.
Inside the Cathedral
Noteworthy features inside the Cathedral are the Gothic-Plateresque main chapel, with a Ventura Rodríguez altarpiece depicting the Transfiguration of Christ dating from the 18th century. Also significant are the the tombs, carvings and retables of the side chapels by artists such as Juan Montejo, Fernando Gallego and Bartolomé Ordóñez, and the choir stalls (1512-1516) by Juan de Bruselas, with ironwork by Diego de Hanequín, Fray Francisco de Salamanca and Esteban de Buenamadre.