THE CATHEDRAL / LA CATEDRAL
The cathedral was built in 1524, after an earthquake destroyed the previous cathedral in 1522, situated in the Almedina quarters and built on the site of the old Great Mosque. Almería’s cathedral, dedicated to Saint María de la Encarnación, is a beautiful building erected in the XVI century. Although the predominant style is Renaissance, other styles are also present, as it happens in many other cathedrals, such as late gothic, baroque and neoclassic. It is a fortress cathedral and was used as a defensive building against the attacks of Berber pirates, Turks and Moriscos. In fact, defensive battlements and embrasures are present in the building, as well as a parade ground. We have to stand out its two facades, its choir and retrochoir, the sacristy, the high altar and the grave of the bishop who ordered its construction, Fray Diego Fernández de Villalán. The “Sol de Portocarrero”, one of the most representative symbols of the city, and its cloister are also of great interest.
Fue construida en el año 1524. Después de haber sido destruida en el año 1522 la primera que se encontraba situada en el barrio de la Almedina, sobre la antigua Mezquita Mayor. Está dedicada a Santa Maria de la Encarnación. Es una catedral fortaleza como se puede ver por sus almenas y troneras para la defensa. En una de sus puertas está el Sol de Portocarrero.