granada cathedral spain

The Granada Cathedral (also known as Cathedral of the Incarnation), along with the Alhambra, is likely the most common place people in this southern Spanish city will tell you can’t be missed. Yet, I managed to miss this famous landmark that sits right in the middle of downtown Granada, next to one of its busiest bus stops on Gran Via, time after time. From that angle of Gran Via’s bus stops (the most popular for tourists in town) the 7,400-plus square meters of the Granada Cathedral hardly look imposing. Or even there at all.

There’s literally a small gate to the ticket booth which you’ll want to line up early for during the two times a day (morning and late afternoon) the cathedral is open. The cost is 3.50 Euro (or free with a Granada Card you can get at Turismo Ciudad de Granada); it’s about a solid 20-30 minutes of strolling around with camera shutter fluttering. It wasn’t until I walked outside the from the exit – which is right near the entrance – did I realized the massive 45 meter dome from the outside. Though still, pass after pass, I couldn’t completely fathom that this enormous dome sits behind such a small facade; delightfully deceptive like Granada itself.