La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral

La Seu d'Urgell Cathedral
Catedral de Santa María de Urgel

Cathedral of la Seu d'Urgell
Basic information
Location La Seu d'Urgell, Spain
Affiliation Catholic Church
Architectural type church
Bell tower of the Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria d'Urgell, called Cathedral of la Seu d'Urgell or Cathedral of Urgel, is a cathedral located in the city of la Seu d'Urgell, (Alt Urgell), seat of the Diocese of Urgell. This temple is the seat of the diocese and is dedicated to Saint Mary. The Cathedral of Urgell is considered unique within the Catalan Romanesque for the Italianate-style features on the ornaments of its facade.

The cathedral was constructed in the 1116, and is therefore one of the oldest cathedrals in Catalonia. The cathedral gives the name of the city. Originally referred to as the City of Urgell, it is now called "La Seu d'Urgell," derived from the Latin Sedes Urgelli (Sedes or Seu denotes that the town is the episcopal see of the Bishop of Urgell).

The cathedral is dedicated to Mare de Déu d'Urgell (Virgin of Urgell), patron of the city, a statue of a Virgin Mary from the 13th century. The Virgin of Urgell is also called the Virgin of Andorra.

The 16th-century composer Joan Brudieu was maestro di capilla of the cathedral from 1548 to 1591.

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Coordinates: 42°21′28″N 1°27′42″E / 42.35778°N 1.46167°E / 42.35778; 1.46167

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