Jaén Cathedral

Jaén Cathedral
Catedral de la Asunción de Jaén

Jaén Cathedral
Basic information
Location Jaén, Spain
Affiliation Catholic Church
Architectural description
Architectural type church
General contractor (1249-1724)
Jaén Cathedral interior

The Assumption of the Virgin Cathedral is a Renaissance-style, Roman Catholic cathedral located in Santa María Square, opposite the Town Hall and the Episcopal Palace, in the center of Jaén, region of Andalusia, Spain.


The Santa María Square in Jaén.

The cathedral stands on a site once occupied by a mosque.[1] Construction began in 1249 atop the ruins of the mosque. The church was damaged and rebuilt on numerous occasions during the following two centuries until the sixteenth century, when several architects, Andrés de Vandelvira being the most important one, built the biggest part of the Cathedral. It was consecrated in 1724.

A statue of Andrés de Vandelvira

The more representative architectural element is its façade, designed by Eufrasio López de Rojas and sculpted by Pedro Roldán. It houses, with other artworks, a depiction of the Veil of Veronica. Around 1545 the young Francisco Guerrero was the maestro de capilla.

This Cathedral aspires to be listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


  1. "Jaén Cathedral". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 11 February 2013.


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Coordinates: 37°45′54″N 3°47′24″W / 37.765°N 3.7899°W / 37.765; -3.7899

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