Last autumn, on our way to Asturias, we stopped in Burgos to see the cathedral. Of all Spain’s cathedrals, Burgos’ is the one I just had to see. I’d heard so much about it: from friends, family, and acquaintances. And let me tell you—it did not disappoint. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
We were lucky to be there on a cloudless sunny day, the sky a serene azure, and the temperature hovering around 60F. Perfect conditions!
The official name of the cathedral is Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María de Burgos, or the Saint Metropolitan Church Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos. Naturally, it’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as are countless sites around Catholic Spain and Europe. Construction began on the church in 1221, in French-Gothic style, but it was also modified in the 15th, 16th, and 18th centuries.
The outside style of the cathedral is Gothic (one of my favorite styles, along with Romanesque!), but the inside has Renaissance and Baroque decorations. The façade reminds one of the great cathedrals of Paris and Reims.
I won’t pretend to give you much of a history lesson, but enjoy some of the pictures.
Beautiful blue skies
The Escalera Dorada, or Golden Staircase, is not actually an entrance into the cathedral, but was used to make up for a desnivel, or a difference in heights between two parts of the cathedral. It does so with much style.
After visiting the cathedral, we were a bit peckish, so we headed to a nearby bar for some morcilla de Burgos, which—in my opinion—is the best morcilla in all of Spain. The rice makes for a much more moist bocado.