Our 50 Year Anniversary Celebration 2015 travel blog

Cadiz Spain

Plaza San Juan de Dios

Emilio Castelar, president of the first Spanish Republic, in Plaza de Candelaria

The Equinox in the harbor of Cadiz

Plaza de San Francisco and San Francisco Church

Ham & cheese rolls at Restaurant San Francisco Uno

A typical street in Cadiz

Cadiz Cathedral built in the 18th century taking 116 years to finish

Main altar

One of many side altars


Cadiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city. It is a beautiful city and we spent our time just wandering the narrow streets and the beautiful plazas. Construction on the plaza of San Juan de Dios began in the 15th century on lands reclaimed from the sea. With the demolition of the city walls in 1906 the plaza increased in size and a statue of the Cadiz politician Segismundo Moret was unveiled.

Lunch was at the Restaurant San Francisco Uno on the Plaza de San Francisco. Located next to Plaza de Mina, this smaller square also houses the San Francisco church and convent. Originally built in 1566, it was substantially renovated in the 17th century when its cloisters were added. Originally the Plaza de Mina formed the convent's orchard.

Of course I always visit the city cathedral. One of Cádiz's most famous landmarks is its cathedral. It sits on the site of an older cathedral, completed in 1260, which burned down in 1596. The reconstruction was not started again until 1776 and used several architects. As a result, this largely Baroque-style cathedral was built over a period of 116 years, and, due to this drawn-out period of construction, the cathedral underwent several major changes to its original design. Though the cathedral was originally intended to be a baroque edifice, it contains rococo elements, and was completed in the neoclassical style. Its chapels have many paintings and relics from the old cathedral and monasteries from throughout Spain.

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