catedral burgos

The  Burgos Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Gothic art style and truly deserves the title of Heritage of Humanity (1984). But the Cathedral is not just a monument. It is first and foremost a living church, a place of worship and prayer which throughout its long history has found a place for the artistic movements of each period to add dignity and solemnity to the religious ceremonies, the praise of God and the Christian life that go on inside it.

From the Plaza del Rey San Fernando we can enjoy one of the best views of the Cathedral as a whole, with the towers, the South gable end or façade of the Sarmental and the turret of the spindle (torrecilla del husillo). At the bottom you can still see remains of the Bishop’s Palace built in the Romanesque/Gothic style. You walk through the central arch to the reception room and the information office. The reception room is covered with a barrel vault which gives it a strong mediaeval character. It has seats, lockers where pilgrims can store their bags, a bookshop and a souvenir shop.

The main façade has the Royal Gate, also known as the Gate of Pardon, which was refurbished in the 18th century, and a large rose window and gallery with 8 statues of the monarchs of Castile beneath the statue of St. Mary and the inscription “Pulcra es et Decora”. On both sides are the 84-metre towers crowned with slender spires from the 15th century, by Juan de Colonia.


Cathedral Timetables

From 19th March to 31st  Octover

  • From 09.30 to 19.30 h.
  • Entrance closed at 18.30 h.

From 01st November to 18th March

  • From 10.00 a 19.00 h.
  • Entrance closed at 18.00 h.

Ticket Prices 7 €