Cathedral Of The Incarnation
Granada’s Hidden Jewel
Completed in 1710, the Granada Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Spanish: Catedral de Granada, Catedral de la Anunciación) took six architects a staggering 181 years to complete. It is the main cathedral in the city of Granada, capital of the province of the same name in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia, Spain. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Granada.
It had originally been intended to become the royal mausoleum of Charles I of Spain. But Philip II of Spain moved the site for his father and subsequent kings to El Escorial, outside of Madrid.
While its very early plans had Gothic designs, construction of the church occurred at a time when Spanish Renaissance designs were replacing the Gothic architecture of prior centuries.