Spanish Catholic churches and cathedrals are definitely impressive with their gothic architecture, baroque style, art and history. Roman Catholicism is the major religion in Spain. Travellers love to visit Spain not only for their beautiful churches and cathedrals but also for their cultural history, delicious healthy food and beautiful nature. We collected 9 beautiful locations in Spain you should visit. See you there!

1. Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, Barcelona, Spain -

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Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor is a beautiful church with breathtaking city views. Enjoy the majestic bronze statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the top. Truly a place of peace and reflection.

The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor or the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a basilica and also a Roman Catholic church situated on the summit of Mount Tibidabo Catalonia, in Barcelona. The son of the architect Enric Sagnier, Josep Maria Sagnier finished the construction his father started. The building of the church lasted from 1902 to 1961. The thought of constructing a Catholic church on the summit of the Mount Tibidabo emerged in the late 19th century amidst rumours about the building of a Protestant church and a hotel-casino at this place.

Located in: Tibidabo Amusement Park

Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture

Architect: Enric Sagnier

Address:Cumbre del Tibidabo, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 934 17 56 86
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Expiatori_del_Sagrat_Cor

2. Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Zaragoza, Spain -

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The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is one of two minor basilicas in the city of Zaragoza and is co-cathedral of the city alongside the nearby La Seo de Zaragoza.

Many of the kings of Spain, other foreign rules and saints have paid their devotion to the statue of the Virgin Mary. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Saint Teresa of Ávila, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint John of the Cross are some of them.

The design of this cathedral is in the Baroque style and the building was constructed between 1681 and 1872. The Basilica venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditions take the basilica to the dawn of Christianity's background in Spain attributing to an apparition to Saint James the Great. This is the only apparition of Mary before her believed assumption happened.

Construction started: 1680

Architectural styles: Baroque architecture, Neo-Mudéjar

Architects: Ventura Rodríguez, Francisco Herrera the Younger, Felipe Sánchez, José Felipe de Busiñac

Address:Plaza del Pilar, s/n, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain
Phone: +34 976 39 74 97
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral-Basilica_of_Our_Lady_of_the_Pillar

3. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, Spain -

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An extraordinary historic cathedral. Experience its holy ambience, impressive structures, style and design that is rich in history. Visiting this cathedral is absolutely worth it.

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is now an integral part of Santiago de Compostela World Heritage Site in Galicia. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral is also the burial place of Saint James the Great, Jesus Christ's apostle.

The cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage on the manner of St. James since the Early Middle Ages and marks the traditional end of their pilgrimage route. The construction is Romanesque, together with Baroque and Gothic additions. It's also among the only three famous churches on earth built over the grave of an apostle of Jesus, the other two being St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai in India.

Style: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque

Length: 100 metres (330 ft)

Architectural styles: Romanesque architecture, Gothic architecture, Baroque architecture, Spanish Gothic architecture

Address:Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Website: http://catedraldesantiago.es/

4. Catedral de León, León, Spain -

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Santa María de León Cathedral is also known as The House of Light or the Pulchra Leonina. It is a church in the city of León in north-western Spain and dedicated to Santa María de la Regla. It is among the examples of the Gothic style architecture in Spain. This cathedral is majestic by its beautiful and extraordinary design with its stained-glass windows.

It was built on the site of a prior Roman bath in the 2nd century which 800 years later was converted into a palace by king Ordoño II. It is among the best-preserved and most broad collections of medieval stained glass in Europe.

Leon Cathedral is listed as one of the three most important cathedrals together with Burgos cathedral and Santiago de Compostela cathedral.

Architectural style: Gothic architecture

Architects: Maestro Enrique, Maestro Simón, Juan Pérez

Address:Plaza Regla, s/n, 24003 León, Spain
Phone: +34 987 87 57 70
Website: https://www.catedraldeleon.org/

5. La Seu, Palma, Spain -

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The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It is 121 metres long, 40 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall and built by the Crown of Aragón on the site of a Moorish-era mosque,

It’s an Ancient historical architecture with a blue sky background and surrounded by green palm trees. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences. Your vacation on Mallorca wouldn’t be complete without visiting this famous cathedral in Palma.

Length: 121m

Architectural style: Gothic architecture

Address:Plaça de la Seu, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Phone: +34 971 71 31 33
Website: https://www.catedraldemallorca.org/es/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catedralmca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/catedralmca

6. Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid, Spain -

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Almudena Cathedral is a church in Madrid and its the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It was completely finished on the 15 June 1993 and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. This cathedral has a neo-gothic interior design with a modern twist. You’ll find peace and calmness in this cathedral.

When the funds of Spain were transferred to Madrid from Toledo the seat of the Church stayed in Toledo and the new capital had no cathedral.

Plans to construct a cathedral in Madrid dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena were discussed as early as in the 16th century but even though Spain built more than 40 cities in the new world during that century, plenty of cathedrals and fortresses, the expense of expanding and maintaining the Empire came first and the construction of Madrid's palace was postponed.

Making the cathedral the biggest that the world had seen was subsequently a priority. The cathedral seems to have been constructed on the site of a medieval mosque that was destroyed in 1083 when Madrid was reconquered by Alfonso VI.

Architectural styles: Gothic architecture

Architects: Francisco de Cubas, Giovanni Battista Sacchetti, Carlos Sidro, Fernando Chueca Goitia, Enrique María Repullés

Address:Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 915 42 22 00
Website: http://www.catedraldelaalmudena.es/

7. Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain -

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Located in the heart Burgos city. The cathedral of Saint Maria of Burgos is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  Its official name is Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María de Burgos. On October 31, 1984, the Burgos cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Its construction started in 1221, in the fashion of Gothic French architecture and is based on a Latin Cross. After a hiatus of nearly 200 years, it went through embellishments of splendour in the 15th and 16th centuries: the spires of the facade, the Chapel of the Constable and dome of the transept. It has lively gothic style with the combination of embellishing renaissance and baroque decor. The church construction was finished in 1096.

These are components of the flamboyant Gothic which give the cathedral its unmistakable profile. The last works of significance (the Sacristy or the Chapel of Saint Thecla) were conducted in the 18th century, the Gothic portals of the primary facade were also altered.

Construction started: 20 July 1221

Architectural style: Gothic architecture

Architects: Simón de Colonia, Juan de Colonia, Juan de Vallejo, Juan de Castaneda

Address:Plaza de Santa María, s/n, 09003 Burgos, Spain
Website: http://catedraldeburgos.es/

8. La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain -

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This Basilica is surely everyone’s dream to visit with its creative and interesting design from the inside to the outside. The Basílica de la Sagrada Família is a big Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona. Designed by Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, the building of the Sagrada Família started on 19 March 1882. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his technology and architectural fashion, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.

Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and he's buried in the crypt. In the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. On 7 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed it a basilica and consecrated the church.

Construction started: 19 March 1882

Opened: 7 November 2010

Architects: Antoni Gaudí, Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano

Architectural styles: Modernisme, Art Nouveau Architecture, Noucentisme, Spanish Gothic architecture

Address:Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Website: https://sagradafamilia.org/

9. Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Sevilla, Spain -

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It's the tenth-largest church in the world and the biggest Gothic church. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of de la Sede is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Seville. It was registered as a World Heritage Site, together with the adjacent Alcázar palace complex as well as the General Archive of the Indies by UNESCO in 1987. After its conclusion in the early 16th century, Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the church had held for almost a thousand years.

The Gothic segment alone has a span of 126 metres (413 ft), a width of 76 metres (249 ft) and its maximum height at the centre of the transept is 42 metres (138 ft). The total height of the Giralda tower from the floor to the weather vane is 104.5 metres (343 ft). Considering that the world's two largest churches (St. Peter's Basilica and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception) are not the chairs of bishops, Seville Cathedral is still the largest gothic cathedral in the world.

Length: 135 metres (443 ft)

Width: 100 metres (330 ft)

Architectural style: Gothic architecture

Architects: Juan de Castillo, Juan Gil de Hontañón

Address:Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Website: https://www.catedraldesevilla.es/