Fantastic cathedral but also like a museum. Lot to see. Don't forget te visit it when in Burgos. Okay
There is so much going on in this cathedral, it's like a lesson in architectural styles from the 13th to 16th centuries (with a few 19th c changes). I was floored by the quality and bizarreness of the ornamentation, from the gothic arches to the massive retablos, gilding, statuary and much more. The only downside was that the audio guide was not that helpful. I could have used more info about the structure and less about who commissioned what. Read up beforehand.
This cathedral is massive and super impressive from the outside, not so much from the inside. It was also FREEZING COLD inside, I was shivering! It also made me uncomfortable that you have to pay to enter...
The history of the place is quite interesting and the guided tour worthwhile. I would allow at least one hour
I know this sounds odd, but truly spent a long time just staring at the outside of this magnificent piece of architecture, checking it out from all angles and taking dozens of photos. Once we got inside, the designated route for tourists was disconcerting and the quality of the art and sculpture disappointing. But it's still worth seeing. Hint: go after 4pm and it's free. That's what we did, so our disappointment was constrained.
Easily one of the most beautiful gothic-style cathedrals in the world, at any time of day. Lies just beyond the old medieval gates to the city, and is inspiring in the morning as you stumble into Burgos by chance (as I happened to), just as it is majestic to ponder at night as the old town thrives with activity, tapas bars ignite their creative kitchens (as a Spanish friend says, Burgos lies close to the sea and is a market for fresh seafood coming in from the Basque country) and very well put together offerings from wines (jovenes through to crianzas) to tapas (the best morcilla in Spain). Absolutely recommend seeing this historic gem.
I have waited 40 years to finally get here and I'm so glad I did. It surpassed any and all expectations I had. Fortunately, my daughter and I arrived at the start of sunset and our photos of the cathedral are STUNNING! As a Spanish teacher I have waited decades to visit the grave of El Cid, their national hero. That being said, the cathedral has so much more to offer than his burial site. My daughter and I wondered at the time and effort many artists must have taken to complete the works of art housed there. It is still a place of worship. Like many cathedrals, EVERY nook and cranny is jammed packed with art and history. No inch has gone unplanned. Even the floors are beautiful to look at. Make sure you get to visit it during a sunset. It doesn't disappoint!
Although we had to pay to enter this cathedral (7 Euros), it was well worth the money. The cathedral dominates the main square of Burgos, with its incredible facade and towering spires. A lot of renovation work has been done since the 1990s and inside the many chapels just went on and on. It is HUGE. There were a lot of paintings dating back to the 1500s. Some domes were painted while others were ornately decorated. There are many stained glass windows and the internal courtyard is a nice change among the masonry. I think the thing that I was most impressed with was the ornateness of the whole cathedral, both inside and out. It was beautiful but almost too much. Amazing, but overpowering as well. How they ever built such an incredible edifice is beyond my imagination!
We are nearing the end of two weeks in Spain and we have seen A LOT of cathedrals! We will remember this one, however. It is impressively grand and unique. The tour is very well organized and there is a lot to see.
Sometimes my wife and I get tired of visited Spain's cathedrals, which end up looking more or less the same, at least to two people who are not very into architecture. But this cathedral is worth visiting due to its size and history. The audio guide comes with the price of admission, but we ditched it soon after the tour began when we realized that it mostly just gave us decontextualized descriptions of what we were looking at. The view of the cathedral from the front is also spectacular.