The Segorbe Cathedral and Its Rich Neo-Classical Interior
There were many bishops in Segorbe from the Visigothic period until the invasion of Spain by the Arabs. When Albarracin was liberated from the Muslims, whereas Segorbe was still under their domination, the episcopal seat was transferred to this city in 1176. When Valencia was subsequently reconquered in 1238, the question of the Segorbe Bishopric turned to be the occasion of many trials.
The cathedral under construction since the late 14th century, was consecrated in 1534. At the end of the 17th century, Bishop Vuves de Rocamora raised the new façade in front of the episcopal palace. in 1791, the old edifice was lengthened and totally transformed into the Neo-Classical taste, and a new consecration took place in 1795. This is a unique nave decorated with gilt pilasters and Corinthian capitals, on which several chapels open. Fortunately, the cloisters remained intact, and the chapels opening on the galleries which are a most interesting part of the edifice. The cathedral itself suffered a lot from the Spanish Civil War and the episcopal palace was totally destroyed.
The cloisters of the 15th century is trapezoidal, with very simple grand pointed arches, separated by massive abutments and crowned by a Renaissance gallery where ribbed vaults can be seen. Seven chapels, closed by railings, are on the cloisters side and include tombs and reredos by Catalan and Valencian artists. Other paintings can be admired in a museum, namely attributed to Donatello, Juan Vicente Macip or the School of Jacomart.
The tower whose basis is Romanesque, includes a small oratory dedicated to Saint-Barbe.The Gothic chapter house, at one end of the cloisters has a 15th century cupola with groined vaults
The Cathedral of Segorbe, Province of Castellon, Spain.
Dual columns of the West Portal, Cathedral of Segorbe.
The rich decoration with gilt pilasters and Corinthian capitals in the nave of the Segorbe.
In the Neo-Classical nave of the Segorbe Cathedral, looking West.
Nave and choir of the Segorbe Cathedral.
Stained glass windows in the Cathedral of Segorbe.
Façade and Romanesque tower of the Segorbe Cathedral.
Vaults in the Chapel of the Saviour, Segorbe Cathedral.
Chapel in the Cathedral of Segorbe.
Cloisters of the Segorbe Cathedral.